More treasures from the Van Dyck exhibition at the Jacquemart-André

November is coming to a close. Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is on us. This reminds me that there were too many great works to fit into prior post about the Van Dyck exhibition at the at the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. Here is family portrait from Van Dyck’s early Flemish period. Keep in mind that the artist was in his early twenties… See how the child looks at her father, how in turn the man gazes at the painter and us.

Van Dyck Family portrait

Van Dyck Family portrait

Now for another facet of Van Dyck’s persona. He has become the favorite painter of ill-fated King Charles I. The artist beautifully captures the elegance of his model.

Van Dyck Charles I

And another lady, this time an English aristocrat, Lady Killigrew. Note how different her dress, in the low-cut French style, is from that of the modestly ruffed Flemish lady in the family portrait above. The colors here are wonderful, but I can’t help missing the insightful artist of the earlier Anvers period.

Van Dyck portrait of Mary Lady Killigrew

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