Portrait of a Girl (Sophie Gray), 1857. Sir John Everett Millais (English, 1829-1896). Oil on mounted paper.
Sophie Gray was the artist’s sister-in-law and one of his favourite models in the 1850s. The is alive with an electric energy between the sitter and the artist. Women of this period were not portrayed in a confrontational manner, which was unacceptable to Victorian Society. Sophie displays a direct, intimate self-confidence, creating an image far more familiar to 20th century eyes than those of her day.
L´attente (1925). Gustave Van de Woestyne (Belgian, Expressionist, 1881-1947). Oil on canvas.
Van de Woestyne can been seen as one of the most important representative of the first symbolist generation of the School of Sint Martens-Latem and his work is influenced by the spiritualizing tendency of the symbolists George Minne and Valerius de Saedeleer, nevertheless the intensity of his psychological portraits announces already the expressionism that became visible in the second generation.