The Brukenthal Museum preserves in its collection a significant part of his creation: portraits, mythological and allegorical scenes, which prove his talent and the importance and quality of his work. The model who posed for Girl in Blue (dated: 1868) is a young girl from Bra?ov, Elena Costea. The artist approaches his model delicately; he places her in a scarcely rendered interior, thus adding warmth to this academic composition. Her figure reveals the gentle, warm, serene and impersonal manner of the Biedermeier portraiture. Her face and her distinguished apparel are painted with “a sense of matter and sensitiveness towards the effects of the light falling on the fabric, on the carnation of the model, on her hair and on her jewels”. The 19th century feminine portraits often contain these elements, accessories, attributes which help define the character. Flowers in their hair or held by delicate hands are a symbol of love.


  • Title: Young Lady in Blue
  • Creator: MIȘU POPP
  • Date Created: 1868
  • Physical Dimensions: w74 x h95 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist Biography: Mișu Popp began his studies at the Academy of Art in Vienna in 1845. The echoes of the academic classicism of Pre-Raphaelite nuance had not yet died out, while the elements of German and French Romanticism were only beginning to assert their presence. The artist had the opportunity to study with some of the Viennese celebrities of the time, F.G. Waldmüller, Joseph von Führich and Fr. von Amerling, who helped him assimilate lessons of academism seasoned with romantic and Biedermeier elements.Between 1850 and 1864 he lived in the Principalities, painting portraits and church interiors and playing a significant part in the regeneration of Romanian painting. Back in Bra?ov, where he was considered a “local glory”, he opened his own studio. He was asked to decorate churches and, in 1890, to teach art at the Romanian High School. The local bourgeoisie, in full ascent, commissioned him to paint numerous portraits.

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