20th century large scale Belgian school oil painting on wood, signed by the artist in the lower left, Emile Lecomte (1866-1938), and dated February 1927. The work is smooth to the touch.
A sober and yet soft female bust portrait in a light grey top is depicted in this artwork. The sitter wears no jewelry or discernible adornment. Her minimalism is her elegance, allowing her natural beauty to be the focal point.
The brushstrokes are precise and linear. The lighting originates from the right side, casting a shadow over the left part of the young woman. Her posture and gaze convey a sense of modesty or shyness, which might be reflected in the choice of lighting and shading. The dark gold frame with large reddish pearls complements the tones and brightness of the piece.
About the artist:
Emile Lecomte was a Belgian Impressionist painter born in 1866 in Braine-le-Comte, located south of Brussels. He received his training at the Academy of Brussels and the Academy of Saint-Gilles.
Following his artistic education, he explored various subjects, including still lifes, landscapes, interior and garden scenes, as well as portraits. He distinguished himself through his skillful use of light in portraits and colors in outdoor scenes.
He passed away in Uccle, near Brussels, in 1938. Some of his works can be found at the Liège Museum and are available for purchase at galleries in Brussels, such as the Mhaata Gallery and the Simonis and Buunken Gallery in Holland.
- Overall size: 27.5" x 27.5" / 70cm x 70cm.
- Size without the frame: 25.1" x 25.1"/ 64cm x 64cm.
- Country: Belgium.
- Signed: Emile Lecomte (1866-1938).
- Date: 1927.
- Condition: The artwork exhibits two small holes on the upper portion and has gaps along certain edges due to the aging frame. The frame has multiple gaps and traces. Overall the condition of the work is impeccable for its age as the piece was protected under glass for years.
- Materials: Oil on wood with a wood and stucco frame.
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