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Curt Ruger
Curt Ruger, Portrait Study Of A Girl, Oil Painting

1886

About the Item

This late 19th-century oil painting by German artist Curt Ruger (1867-1930) depicts a young girl seated. It was completed during his time at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Great portraits extend beyond the aesthetic. They trick the mind into believing there’s more to an image than simply a two-dimensional representation. Personally, I feel there’s ‘spirit’ in good portraiture, a quality that’s distinctly other-worldly. You may feel the same, you sense a connection with a piece but you can’t describe how it makes you feel. To capture spirit, an artist needs to flourish in the tricky space between technical prowess and improvisation. If they underwork a portrait, the details may fall short. But if they overwork a portrait, the spirit is lost. It’s a fragile component - a wisp in the wind. Often painfully elusive due to its intangible quality. Here, Ruger reaches a level that belies his years. He’s only 19 and working without fear. Rapidly finding a likeness and then walking away. Signed/dated lower right and held within a contemporary frame. Established in 2017, Brave Fine Art is a premier English art dealership based in Cheltenham with clients including national galleries and country estates. Our team includes a conservator, logistics specialist and art historian. Over 1,000 paintings have been transported to the US and Canada safely with hundreds of glowing reviews. We set our prices fairly from the start as we prefer to sell quickly and continually evolve the collection. Around 40 new discoveries are added every month. If you have any questions at all, we’d love to hear from you.
  • Creator:
    Curt Ruger (1867 - 1930, German)
  • Creation Year:
    1886
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 23.5 in (59.69 cm)Width: 19.5 in (49.53 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Artwork presents well. Canvas relined. Later stretcher.
  • Gallery Location:
    Cheltenham, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2328212009712
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