Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Hélène Fourment in Her Bridal Gown by Peter Paul Rubens, ca 1630 (Belgium?), Alte Pinakothek
Rubens married Hélène Fourment in 1630, four years after the death of his first wife. Hélène was 16 and he was 53.
Waving to the Procession, Paris by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1880 Brussels, private collection
It was sold by Christie’s in 2008.
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Boots (fetish?), 1895-1915 Belgium (made for a London store), the V&A Museum
Wedding dress worn by Queen Fabiola of Belgium, 1960 Paris (worn in Brussels), Mona Bismarck Foundation
She was married to Baudouin on December 15, 1960. The dress is made of satin and mink.
Portrait of a Lady by Adrianus Wuffaert, 1846 Belgium, Shipley Art Gallery
Portrait of a Lady by Auguste Coomans, 1868 Belgium, Bury Art Gallery
Sad News by Edgard Farasyn, ca 1880 Belgium, Laing Art Gallery
Interesting picture. The note next to her probably brought news of her husband’s death (hunting abroad?) and her daughter is trying to distract her with a toy, unaware of what’s going on. She’s wearing a black scarf as a symbol of mourning, which contrasts with her white dress.
Shoes, 1760’s Belgium (Brussels - worn in England), Victoria & Albert Museum