John Hansen Artist Artwork - Young Woman with Red Gloves

figure painting titled Young Woman with Red Gloves by John Hansen

Young Woman with Red Gloves

detail figure painting titled Young Woman with Red Gloves by John Hansen

Detail - Young Woman with Red Gloves

Part of the making of this painting was inspired by the many scholarly writings on the "Portrait of Jan Six", which was painted in 1654 by the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. His work holds the viewer in a state of dichotomy between the sense of whether the figure has recently arrived or is about to depart.

The red gloves became a very important element in this work. Initially they were an open weave style which I found conflicted with the composition. Luckily I was presented with a very fine pair of vintage leather gloves from my mother. My daughter put them on, and because of this reference I was able to complete the painting.

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