The Little Fur (Helen Fourment, the Second Wife to the Artist) (c. 1638) by Peter Paul Rubens

The Little Fur (Helen Fourment, the Second Wife to the Artist) - Rubens, Peter Paul - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Little Fur (Helen Fourment, the Second Wife to the Artist)
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
Datec. 1638
MediumOil on oak panel
Dimensions176 x 83 cm
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About The Little Fur (Helen Fourment, the Second Wife to the Artist)

The Little Fur, also known as Helene Fourment in a Fur Robe, is a portrait of Peter Paul Ruben’s second wife. It was painted by the master himself between 1636 and 1638. This painting appears to be classified under the Baroque style, with hints of influence from Italian painters such as Caravaggio, who were rising in popularity at the time. The painting currently resides at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and has been admired for centuries.

The fine details captured in this painting of Helen are stunning, from her fur robe to her facial expression. There is an ethereal quality to it that makes it timeless; one cannot help but ponder what thoughts occupied her mind as she sat for this portrait. A must-see for all fans of Ruben’s work and art enthusiasts, this portrayal within the Baroque style is one that will live on through time.

Another famous work by Rubens which follows along the same artistic vein is The Kermesse – a large scale decorative panel completed by him c1630-35. Here we find another beautiful example of his Baroque style; this wonderful display takes us back to Dutch festival life with bright colours and full of movement – a delightful sensation to behold whether it be online or on display at your local museum or gallery.

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