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Double Portrait
  • Artist Alexander Roslin (Swedish, 1718 - 1793)
  • TitleDouble Portrait
  • Dating 1754
  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions161,5 x 202 cm
  • AcquisitionPurchased with contributions from Anna Lundqvist and Theodor and Hanne Mannheimers fund, 1947
  • Art MovementRococo
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberWL 85
  • Display StatusOn display in Swedish 18th Century (Room 9)
Description
Signatures etc.
Exhibition History
Alexander Roslin had an outstanding international career as a portrait painter and is one of the most successful Swedish born artists ever. Roslin came to Paris in a time of transition between rococo and neo-classicism, and manoeuvred skilfully between the two styles, depending on who was the client. He was admired especially for his skill in reproducing different materials like silk and velvet. Double Portrait, in the Gothenburg Museum of Art, depicts an unknown couple. There are different theories about who they are, but none of them have been confirmed. One theory says that the couple is architect and engineer Jean-Rodolphe Perronet (1708–1794) and his wife.

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