CHARLES LOUIS VERWEE
“Preparing for the Ball”
A well painted oil on canvas painting by the Flemish artist Charles Louis Verwee (1832–1882) entitled “Preparing for the Ball”.
Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos.
Frame: Set in a decorative giltwood frame.
Signature: Lower right.
Provenance: UK Private Collection
Condition: Painting and frame are both in overall good condition. There is a very small repair in the lower part of the dress, scatted spots of re-touching in the margins, and some light craquelure commensurate with age.
Measurements: Painting measures 79 x 64cm and the overall frame 97 x 82cm.
Biography: Charles-Louis Verwee (Brussels, 3 July 1832 – Saint-Josse-ten-Node, 9 July 1882) was a Flemish painter and specialised in genre scenes and portraits.
Verwee was a son of painter Louis-Pierre Verwee and had a brother, Alfred Verwee, who also became a well-known painter.
Verwee learned to paint with his father, who was a well-known landscape and animal painter from the romantic school. He opted for the disciplines of portrait and genre scenes. They often perform sophisticated characters in interiors, conservatories, arbories and gardens. His work is very similar to that of Alfred Stevens, Gustave De Jonghe and Florent Willems. He also portrayed characters from the lower social classes as in “The Knife Sharpener”.
King Leopold II bought from him the painting “Diplomatie”, which still rests in the Royal Collections.