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Peter Paul Rubens

Hélène Fourment in a Fur Robe

Hélène Fourment in a Fur Robe, Peter Paul Rubens
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Hélène Fourment in a Fur Robe is a Baroque Oil on Canvas Painting created by Peter Paul Rubens from 1636 to 1638. It lives at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna in Vienna. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Women, Beauty and The Nude in Art. SourceDownload

Peter Paul Rubens was 53 years old. He was rich, successful, and lonely. His first wife, Isabella Brandt, had died 5 years earlier — but in 1630, a young woman named Hélène Fourment caught Rubens eye. She was sixteen, and the full-figured picture of everything Rubens loved in a woman — she also happened to be the niece of Rubens first wife Isabella. We can only hope that a 37 year gap and familial ties were less concerning in the 17th century, but Rubens didn't let that slow him down. He married Hélène, moved to a country house, and had five children with her as fast as he could.

Rubens would paint Hélène in many paintings, often as the goddess Venus — a man truly smitten.

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