Masterfully portrait of a young lady from the Classicism epoch was executed ca. in 1810-1815 by high listed Flemish-Belgian Portrait painter and Director of the Art Academy in Bruges Albert Jacob Frans Gregorius, or Albert Jacques François Grégorius (1774, Bruges - 1853, Bruges).
The artist was born into a poor, laboring family. His drawing abilities were observed by François van der Donckt (1757-1813), a local amateur painter who took him in, gave him his first lessons and helped him enroll at the art academy. Gregorius was there from 1791 to 1793 and won several awards.
In 1801, he went to Paris, where he was apprenticed to Joseph-Benoît Suvée, who was also from Bruges. Not long after, Suvée went to Rome to become Director of the French Academy, but Gregorius was able to find a position in the studios of Jacques-Louis David. In 1805, he was back in Bruges, making preparations to enter the Prix de Rome, but fell ill and was unable to participate.
After his recovery, he returned to Paris and remained until 1835. He soon established a reputation as a portrait painter and formed an association with other expatriate Flemish artists ("De Club van de Belgen"). After exhibiting in the Ghent Salon, he entered the Paris Salon in 1812 and would continue to display there annually until his departure. In addition to the usual French nobility, he is also known for his portrait of August Wilhelm Schlegel, which is now on display at Coppet Castle.
At the age of 61, he received an appointment as Director of "De Vrije Academie" (now "De Stedelijke Academie") in Bruges. He served until 1852, when he was forced to resign after clashes with colleagues, students and city officials over his conservative approach to art. His best-known student was Ford Madox Brown.
Literature: A. Jacobs, "Albert Gregorius", in: Le dictionnaire des peintres belges du XIVe siècle à nos jours, Vol. A-K, ed. by Eliane de Wilde and Philippe Roberts-Jones. La Renaissance du livre, 1995; André Penninck and Fernand Boneure, "Albert Gregorius", in: Lexicon van Westvlaamse beeldende kunstenaars, Vol. VII, Vereniging van Westvlaamse Schrijvers, 1998;Artist lexicons by Benezit; Thieme/Becker; Schurr; Hardouin-Fuger.
Inscription: signed on the back of the original frame in French: " f.(fait, in English made by) M. (Monsieurs, in English Mr. ) Gregorius...".
Technique: oil on canvas, magnificent Empire original period frame.
Measurements: unframed w 24 1/4" x h 29 1/3" (61,5 x 74,5 cm); framed w 33 1/8" x h 38 1/4" (84 x 97 cm).
Condition: in good condition, original canvas, no any inpaintings or paintlosses, professionally cleaned.