Portraits (1630s)
by Peter Paul RUBENS

Important stylistic changes in Rubens's work after his long stay in Madrid and London between 1628 and 1630 can be seen in the portraits he painted during the last ten years of his life. His renewed interest in Titian is first noticeable in his changing technique, particularly in the soft flowing tonality and freer touch. But he also clearly adopts Titian's schemes for portraiture, especially when painting aristocrats or political figures. Also from the 1630s date the most intimate portraits Rubens ever painted, notably the fine series of members of his own family. The many pictures of his second wife, Helena Fourment - whom he married in 1630 - either alone or with himself or one or more of their children, are particularly moving.

Preview Picture Data Info
Oil on canvas
Rubens House, Antwerp

Deborah Kip and her Children
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Four Studies of the Head of a Negro
Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 51 x 66 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

Head of a Franciscan Friar
Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 52 x 44 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Portrait of Helene Fourment
c. 1630
Oil on canvas
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

Helene Fourment
Oil on canvas, 97 x 69 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

The Fur ("Het Pelsken")
Oil on wood, 176 x 83 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The Cardinal Infante
c. 1634
Oil on canvas, 335 x 258 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Helene Fourment with her Son Frans
Oil on panel, 146 x 102 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Helene Fourment with her Children, Clara, Johanna and Frans
Oil on wood, 115 x 85 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Rubens, his wife Helene Fourment, and their son Peter Paul
c. 1639
Oil on wood, 203.8 x 158.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Helene Fourment with a Carriage
Oil on canvas, 195 x 132 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Oil on canvas, 109,5 x 85 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Helene Fourment
Oil on panel, 96 x 76 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague

Summary of works by Rubens
Religious themes
until 1616 | 1617-20 | 1620s | 1630s
Altarpieces in Antwerp Cathedral | Biblical scenes
Mythological themes
until 1614 | 1614-29 | 1630s
Large royal projects | Allegorical themes
until 1629 | 1630s
Landscapes | Hunting and other themes
Graphic works | Architecture

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