Balthasar Denner A Girl in a Straw Hat 1723

Artwork details

Artist
Balthasar Denner 1685–1749
Title
A Girl in a Straw Hat
Date 1723
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 766 x 630 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1997
Reference
T07322
Not on display

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Denner, a native of Hamburg, lived and worked in England from 1721 to 1728. He was famous in his day for meticulous and enamel-like portraits of old men and women which depicted wrinkled skin and old age in elaborate detail. Such works won him international acclaim and were highly sought after, but when in London he decided to abandon this exhausting work for a broader manner. This lively study of a market girl is an exceptional example of his new style, executed with a fluidity which pressages that of Hogarth. Figurative genre was popular in Continental Europe in the early eighteenth century and this work demonstrates the new artistic scope immigrant artists were bringing to London.

August 2004

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