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Munkácsy, Mihály Portrait of a young noble girl

Munkácsy, Mihály: Portrait of a young noble girl
Private collection (Hungary)


Mihály Munkácsy became known throughout Europe as an internationally recognized master of 19th century Hungarian painting. In addition to his outstanding realist canvases of the 1870s, he also made character portraits.
One such portrait is the portrait of the Noble Young woman, made during his time in Paris (1871-79), as evidenced by the signature in the upper left corner. In his oil painting sits a young, well-dressed girl, half facing the viewer, hanging on his neck two dark blue medallions dotted with tiny flowers, wearing a fashionable Swiss hat on his head. Munkácsy's popular themes included portraiture, and he made several portraits of women. The portrait of the noble young woman is a work of excellent quality. The work features of the model, sitting in a straight, rigid posture against a red background, are well crafted and her graceful hands are beautifully drawn. Although a significant part of Munkácsy's portraits can be identified, the identity of the ornate, gold-framed model is unknown. However, her social rank is easily recognizable from her elegant attire, suggesting that an upscale lady living a bourgeois life could have stood as a model for the master.


Artist Munkácsy, Mihály (1844 - 1900)
Title Portrait of a young noble girl
Technique oil on canvas
Year of creation around 1872
Signed upper left: Munkácsy M. Paris
Condition good
Provenance Private collection Switzerland before at Dorotheum auction June 6th 1961 lot 75.
Width 20 cm
Height 30 cm
Depth cm
Weight (scuptures) kg
This artwork comes with certificate
Unique piece
Framed artwork

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