Portrait of a Woman, possibly Clara Fourment (1593-1643)

Peter Paul Rubensc. 1630


Den Haag, Netherlands

This woman is probably Clara Fourment from Antwerp, and her husband Peter van Hecke is hanging on the left. They belonged to Rubens’ intimate family circle, as Clara was the elder sister of Rubens’ second wife Hélène. The couple clearly live in comfort, in view of their fashionable clothing of shiny black fabrics and fine lace collars, and Clara’s ostrich feather fan.

<p>Rubens was the leading Flemish painter of the seventeenth century. His flamboyant, baroque style influenced a whole generation of artists after him.


  • Title: Portrait of a Woman, possibly Clara Fourment (1593-1643)
  • Creator: Rubens, Peter Paul
  • Date Created: c. 1630
  • Physical Dimensions: h114.5 cm x w90.5 cm
  • Provenance: Vicomtesse de Spoelberch, Belgium; Léon Gauchez Gallery, Paris; sold to Edmond, Baron de Rothschild, Paris, before 1890; by inheritance to members of the Rothschild family, Château de Pregny, Geneva; Colnaghi Gallery, New York, 1983; Edward Speelman Gallery, London; on loan from a private collection, Switzerland, since 2000; purchased with the support of the Sponsor Lottery, the Ministery of Education, Culture and Science, the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Fund for the National Cultural Heritage, the Mondriaan Foundation, the VSB Fund, the Rembrandt Association, supported by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the Jaffé-Pierson Foundation, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the Dr Hendrik Muller National Fund, 2003
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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