Danish painter from North Frisia (today part of Germany)
Tönning 1623 – 1678 Friedrichstadt
Portrait of a lady seated near a window with her granddaughter
Oil on canvas : 125,3 X 103,0 cm
Dating from the late 1650s according to Professor Sumowski
Frame : 141,7 X 119,8 cm
Published by Werner Sumowski, 1983, “Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler”, Volume VI, P. 3738, Nr. 2413, full page colour photograph on page 4031.
Ovens should be considered as a Dutch painter, for it was in the Dutch Republic that he trained as a painter and that he lived the major part of his life. He was born in North Frisia, which was then part of Denmark, now of Germany.
Ovens is said to have been a pupil of Rembrandt, although he seems to have been stronger influenced by Jan Lievens.