A Letter from Papa, oil on canvas, 28"x22" (image);
39"x33" (framed), s.l.r.
Edward Portielje was born in 1861 in Antwerp, the son and brother of artists. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp under Charles Verlat. Although Impressionist style was becoming increasingly fashionable throughout Europe in Portielje’s early years, he maintained the “academic” manner taught in the French and Belgian academies and characterized by a high degree of finish. Similarly, he chose genre scenes and anecdotal subject matter long familiar to Dutch audiences.
Portielje achieved a measure of success, collaborating on walls and panels at the 1894 Ghent World Fair and at the World Fair in Antwerp. The interior scenes, for which he became well known, “offer light-hearted reflections of leisure time rendered in warm tones that five his images such immensely appealing qualities.” Portielje’s success culminated in his being knighted by the state. He died in Antwerp in 1949. (Source: Rehs Galleries, Inc.)
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