Edward Portielje was born in Antwerp Belgium on 8 February 1861. He was the son of the genre artist Jan Frederik Portielje (1829-1908) and brother of the artist Gerard Jozef Portielje (1856-1929). He studied at the Antwerp Atheneum before attending the École des Beaux-Arts. There, he studied under Polydore Beau Faux (1829-1905) and Charles Verlat (1824-1890), who also taught Van Gogh. He quickly earned a reputation which gained him commissions from the Exposition Universelle in Ghent to paint a number of murals as well as producing artwork for the Antwerp World Fair of 1894.
Like his father and brother Edward had a talent for figures and genre painting; however he focussed more on everyday Dutch folk, especially women usually set in cottage interiors. At some point he began experimenting with a looser and more impressionistic style which added a warmer feel to his works.
He exhibited in Belgium at galleries in Antwerp and Verviers as well as in other countries including Middleburg, Rotterdam and The Hague in Holland and Mons and Reims in France. He was awarded a knighthood for his contribution to art in his homeland. Portielje died on 18 December 1949 in Antwerp.
Examples of his paintings can be found at the Antwerp Museum of Fine Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||18 inches x 14.5 inches (46cm x 37cm)|
|Framed Size||25 inches x 21.75 inches (63.5cm x 55cm)|