Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer
Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer
Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer

Young Danish Girl by Paul Gustav Fischer

  • This emotive portrait is the work of Danish artist Paul Gustav Fischer
  • The work is a beautiful display of artistic skill and emotion
  • Fischer combines a brilliant color palette with an emotional intensity that is deeply moving
  • The technical skill and subject matter illustrate the impact the Impressionists had on his painting
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Paul Gustav Fischer
1860-1934 | Danish

Young Danish Girl

Signed, inscribed and dated "PAUL/FISCHER./VERMLAND/1903." (upper right)
Oil on canvas

Immediately poignant and intimate, this portrait of a young girl by Paul Gustav Fischer realizes the influence of the French Impressionists upon his oeuvre. Among the leading Danish artists of the late 19th to the early 20th century, Fischer was inspired by the Paris art scene during his travels there in the 1870s and 1880s. The artist began incorporating elements he saw in the works of the French Impressionists into his own paintings – not just in technique, but in the subject as well.

While primarily known for his urban scenes and landscapes, Fischer had a tremendous artistic range with the common thread between all of his works being his genuine depictions of people. This sentimental portrait displays the epitome of that character through what can be envisioned as a brief glimpse that, upon closer inspection, is deeply moving. The child’s wide blue eyes, while mimicking the powder blue found in her dress and head covering, are brimming with emotion. The viewer is instantly drawn in by the power of her stare, her slightly tousled appearance speaking volumes to the reality of her young life.

Fisher’s only formal art training came during his mid-teens when he attended the Royal Danish Academy for two years. Afterwards, he received guidance from his father, artist Phillip Fischer. His breakthrough moment came when he was hired to create magazine illustrations for the Danish magazine Ude og hjemme in 1882. It was here that Fischer cultivated his gift for depicting people interacting with their surroundings, receiving critical acclaim for his proficient rendering of the atmosphere of Copenhagen and its people.

From 1891 to 1895, the artist lived in Paris, and a notably richer, more brilliant tone entered his oeuvre. It was at this point that Fischer’s canvases began to move away from the overcast cityscapes and evening views to focusing on sunlit locales, natural landscapes and intimate portraits, of which this work can be counted. His most prestigious honor came when the King of Norway commissioned Fischer to execute a commemorative painting in celebration of Sweden’s transfer of Norway’s sovereignty back to the Norwegians.

Canvas: 11 5/8” high x 10 5/8” wide
Frame: 19 1/4” high x 18 1/4” wide

Provenance:
Private collector;
Sotheby's, London, 27 March 1990, lot 172, Anonymous sale;
Sotheby's, New York, 18 April 2008, lot 32, Anonymous sale;
Acquired at the above sale by a private collector;
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans
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Artist: Fischer, Paul Gustav
Framed:18.25"W x 19.25"H
Unframed:10.625"W x 11.625"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:Denmark
Subject:Portrait
Depth:2.5 Inches
Width:18.25 Inches
Height:19.25 Inches
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