Portrait of Elena Fourman with two children, Rubens, around 1636

Portrait of Elena Fourman with two children, Rubens, around 1636

Portrait of Elena Fourman with two children, Rubens, around 1636 - 1

    • Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
    • Museum: Louvre
    • Year: Around 1636

Description of the picture :

Portrait of Elena Fourman with two children – Peter Paul Rubens. Around 1636. Wood, butter. 113×82

A bright representative of the art of baroque in Flemish painting, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) became famous for both mythological and religious paintings, as well as portraits.

The “Portrait of Elena Fourman with two children” depicts the artist’s second wife, who became his last love and came as his first wife’s native niece. At the time of the marriage, Rubens was 53 years old, and Elena was only 16. The image of a young wife and children – the daughters of Claire-Jeanne and the son of Francois – breathes the serene happiness of motherhood. Both mother and children are full of natural laid-back.

The work remained unfinished. Apparently, the master began to write the hands of the third child over the seat of Elena’s chair, but for some reason did not complete the plan.