National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Susanna Fourment and Her Daughter Sir Anthony van Dyck (painter)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Susanna Fourment and Her Daughter, 1621
oil on canvas
overall: 172 x 117 cm (67 11/16 x 46 1/16 in.) framed: 204.5 x 149.9 x 12.7 cm (80 1/2 x 59 x 5 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 3 of 15

Susanna Fourment and Her Daughter is Van Dyck's first known double likeness of an adult and a child, a portrait type he would continue to develop throughout his career. In this carefully balanced design, mother and daughter greet the viewer. With both of her tiny hands, Clara grasps the hand of her mother, who was widowed in 1621. The crimson drapery descends gently behind the sitters, as though to shelter them from the distant rainstorm. Susanna was related by marriage to Rubens' first wife, Isabella Brant, whose portrait by Van Dyck is also in the Gallery's collection. The widowed Rubens later married Susanna's sister Helena Fourment.

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