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Portrait of Lucy Baldouf, The Artist’s Stepdaughter, ca. 1882

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 46.5 x 38.5 cm
  • Inv. 1944-B

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This works is an endearing portrayal and one of the few signs of Xavier Mellery’s private life in the whole of his oeuvre. In this intimate scene, the girl is leaning in a relaxed pose on the window ledge and daydreaming with a bunch of flowers in her hand. The quick and varied brushstrokes in her dress add vivacity to the whole picture. The perspective foreshortening of her left arm and the curtain create a sense of space. The light, entering from the right, through a varied shadow pattern on the girl’s face and dress and envelops her in a gentle atmosphere which, together with the restrained colours, emphasises the intimacy of the scene.


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Laken (Brussels) 1845 - Laken (Brussels) 1921
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Title Portrait of Lucy Baldouf, The Artist’s Stepdaughter
Date ca. 1882
Period 19th century
Location Brussels TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) on the reverse: X Mellery
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1944-B
Acquisition credit purchase
Mellery, Lucy
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1944-B
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/1598/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31B6213 looking sideways Iconclass
31D112 child Iconclass
31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
41A2 interior of the house Iconclass
41A33 window Iconclass
41A421 curtains Iconclass
41D262 fan Iconclass
41D2663 ear-rings Iconclass
42G2122 daughter (first degree family relationships) Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
61BB2(LUCY BALDOUF) historical person (LUCY BALDOUF) - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style intimist AAT
realism (artistic form of expression) AAT
Het impressionisme en het fauvisme in België / Serge Goyens de Heusch, Philippe Roberts-Jones. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1988
Xavier Mellery : De ziel der dingen (tentoonstelling Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, 1404 - 02.07.2000 ; Brussel, Museum van Elsene, 27.07 - 08.10.2000) / Vincent Vanhamme, Danielle Derrey-Capon. - Zwolle : Waanders Uitgevers, 2000 (p. 110)
Los XX. El Nacimiento de la pintura moderna en Belgica (Exposición Madrid, Fundacion cultural MAPFRE VIDA, 01.02.2001-01.04.2001) / Juan San Nicolás, Serge Goyens de Heusch, Jane Block. - Madrid : Fundación Cultural Mapfre Vida, 2001 (p. 406-408)
Flämischer Glanz : Kunst vom Jugendstil zum Modernismus ; Gemälde und Raumkunst von 1885 bis 1935 (Ausstellung Berlin, Bröhan-Museum, 1. Oktober 2004 - 30. Januar 2005) / Lieven Daenens, Ingeborg Becker, Norbert Poulain, Marc Dubois. - Berlin : Bröhan-Museum (Berlijn), 2004 (p. 22-23)
The Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent : Modernism in Belgian Art ; from Neo-classicism to Surrealism (exhibition Kagawa, Takamatsu City Museum of Art,15 April - 29 May 2005 ; Setagaya Art Museum, 11 June - 4 September 2005 ; Iwaki City Art Museum, 10 September - 23 October 2005 ; Saitama, The Museum of Modern Art, 29 October - 25 December 2005) / Robert Hoozee, Bruno Fornari, Johan De Smet, Helke Lauwaert, Ruth Monteyne. - Tokyo : The Japan Association of Art Museums, 2005 (nr. 50)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (p. 236-237 (ill.))
onder vrienden : 225 jaar verzamelaars rond het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 25.11.2023 - 28.04.2024) / Johan De Smet, Frederica Van Dam, Willy Van der Gucht, Manfred Sellink. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2023 ; Gent : De Vrienden van het Museum, 2023 (p. 168, cat. 166 (ill.))
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