The Fur
Peter Paul Rubens - circa 1630-1640
800 x 1670 • 92 KB
In this painting the artist portrayed his second wife, Helena Fourment nude but for a fur. This was certainly his favourite among the many paintings exhibiting her undeniable charms. At all events, he refused to part with Het Pelsken. In tones worthy of Titian, he painted Helena with curly hair, her nipples erect, her nudity barely concealed by a fur wrap better suited to her husband\'s bulk than her own. Her expression is difficult to read: is her mutinous air intended as a provocation, or was she simply anxious to wrap herself up against the cold?
Owner/Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum - Vienna  (Austria - Vienna)
Dates: circa 1630-1640
Artist age:Approximately 63 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 176 cm (69.29 in.), Width: 83 cm (32.68 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on board
Entered by: Member laure9 on 15 August 2008.
Share
Tags
Rating
Average rating: No votes
Your rating:
Actions
Add artwork to a list
Send message about this artwork
Our Approach:
Here at The Athenaeum, we work very hard to make this site a sanctuary from the commercial web. We want to provide 99% of our content for free (and currently, *all* of it is free), and not to blast you with advertising. However, we are not a rich company or foundation. This site is a labour of love produced over many years by a couple of people. Since late 2000 when we started the site, we have invested thousands of dollars of our personal money to keep it going. Currently, the hosting service costs us about $200 a month. If you would like to support The Athenaeum, you can donate directly through Paypal below, or shop using any of the links on this page.