Portrait of Donya Teresa Louise de Sereda, Francisco de Goya

Portrait of Donya Teresa Louise de Sereda, Francisco de Goya
Portrait of Donya Teresa Louise de Sereda, Francisco de Goya - 1

  • Posted by Francisco de Goya
  • Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
  • Year: Around 1803-1804

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Donya Teresa Louise de Sereda – Francisco José de Goya-i-Lucientes. Around 1803-1804. Oil on canvas. 119.7×79.4

   The great Spanish painter Goya is one of the best authors of female portraits. Teresa Louise de Sereda was the wife of a close friend of Goya Bartolome Sareda (whose portrait is also in the meeting) – a painter and lithographer, director of the royal porcelain factory in Madrid, who began to produce Sevres porcelain. The artist knew his model and its character well.

   The pose of the young woman is full of willful determination – a hard back line, a straight look and tight lips, a gesture of her right hand, extinguishing the impulse to immediately get up and leave. The qualities inherent in heroin are perfectly conveyed by the master. The color of the work is based on a combination of sound, thick dark shades. The Teresa de Sereda dress almost merges with the background, only yellow silk shaft of the chair stands out with a light contrast spot. The canvas is written in a free, somewhat generalized manner, which does not interfere with a realistic interpretation of the model. If costumes and accessories of heroes played an important role in earlier portraits, then here the artist does not hide behind the details the essence and character of the depicted.