Study Head of a Young Girl

Frans Schwartz1912

The Nivaagaard Collection

The Nivaagaard Collection

A young girl with downcast eyes and a fur-lined, pale pink dress is staring dejectedly into space. The portrait is dominated by a frontal diffused light that enhances the shiny surface of the dress and the warm glow of her face. The conspicuous brush strokes, diffused lighting and use of chiaroscuro, where the contrast between light and dark is highlighted, suggests he was influenced by Rembrandt van Rijn and his portraits. At the same time however, the portrait can also be regarded as a Danish equivalent of the French valeur painting, where closely related colour tones in varying shades of light and dark are brought together to form a whole.

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  • Title: Study Head of a Young Girl
  • Creator: Frans Schwartz
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: 46 x 36 cm
  • Provenance: Acquired 1908-1913
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The Nivaagaard Collection: http://www.nivaagaard.dk/en/public-domain/
  • External Link: The Nivaagaard Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas