Portrait Mademoiselle Lundens, Chapeau de Paille


Mezzotint, Mademoiselle Lundens, the intended Wife of Rubens, Susanna Fourment, more commonly called Le Chapeau de Paille. The print was published by Ackermann, drawn by Innocent Louis Goubaud and finally engraved by George Maile. The print is based upon the original painting by Pieter Paul Rubens. The image is 54 x 40 cm excluding text. The leaf is 60 x 42 cm. The condition is good with a few age-related spots.

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Innocent Louis Goubaud, born Rome 1770/1790, deceased in Brussels 1847-03-05 was an etcher, lithographer, painter and draftsman. He worked in France, the United States and in Brussels.

George Maile Born 1800, was a mezzotint engraver and aquatinter. He was a pupil and associate of Samuel William Reynolds I with whom he went to work in Paris c.1824. Maile returned to London by 1839. George Maile died in 1842.

Pieter Paul Rubens 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640 was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens’s highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the Counter-Reformation. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England. Rubens was a prolific artist. The catalogue of his works by Michael Jaffé lists 1,403 pieces, excluding numerous copies made in his workshop. His commissioned works were mostly “history paintings”, which included religious and mythological subjects, and hunt scenes. He painted portraits, especially of friends, and self-portraits, and in later life painted several landscapes. Rubens designed tapestries and prints, as well as his own house. He also oversaw the ephemeral decorations of the royal entry into Antwerp by the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria in 1635. His drawings are predominantly very forceful and without great detail. He also made great use of oil sketches as preparatory studies. He was one of the last major artists to make consistent use of wooden panels as a support medium, even for very large works, but he used canvas as well, especially when the work needed to be sent a long distance. For altarpieces he sometimes painted on slate to reduce reflection problems.



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