Princess Beatrice, by Philip de Laszlo. 🎨One of the most8/13/2021, 3:25:25 PM
Princess Beatrice, by Philip de Laszlo. 🎨One of the most exquisite portraits by the outstanding Hungarian painter. This study portrait depicts Princess Beatrice in profile to the left, wearing a blue gown lined with fur and a pearl choker and drop earrings against a dark background that makes the whole ensemble pop like few masterpieces. Laszlo met Princess Beatrice when painting members of the Spanish Royal Family in Madrid in 1910. In 1926 Laszlo and his wife Lucy went to stay with Princess Beatrice at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. While there the artist embarked on a small, rather severe, head study of the Princess Beatrice, depicting the sitter full face. However, the study was abandoned; remaining in the artist's studio until his death. This work is a similar size to the disregarded work, however, it depicts the Princess in profile, which is unusual for the artist. 👨🎨Philip de László (Hungarian, 1869-1937) was an outstanding portraitist of royalty and aristocracy. Born to a humble background, he soon received artistic training in London as a result of his innate talent, and harvested early success in the Paris International Exhibition in 1900, and soon moved to Vienna. He would settle in London few years after that, and forsake his Catholic faith after his marriage to a well-to-do British heiress form the banking Guinness family. Despite his British citizenship, he was accused of making contact with the enemy during the First World War, but was exonerated. This event almost costed him his life, but they were actually letters to Austrian relatives. He was so successful he suffered heart problems due to overwork. His portraits are outstanding in expressive quality and texture expertise, providing a soft look to the sitter without sacrificing realism nor individuality. One of my all-time favourites. 📐Height: 40.8 cm (16 in). Width: 32.85 cm (13 in). Oil on canvas, 1926. 🏛Royal Collection Trust, London. @royalcollectiontrust What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨! Shop your art in the Link in Bio.