George Peter Alexander Healy (Boston 1808- Chicago 1894)
George Peter Alexander Healy was an American painter. He began to devote himself to painting under the encouragement of Thomas Sully and immediately enjoyed great success as a portrait painter. In 1834, he left for a trip to Europe, where he remained 16 years. In Paris, he studied with Antoine-Jean Gros and, thanks to the favor of King Louis Philippe, was commissioned to produce a series of portraits of illustrious men from the United States for the Palace of Versailles. He won the second class gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855 with the historical painting Benjamin Franklin pleading the cause of the American colonies before Louis XVI. Back in his native country, he settled in Chicago, then in 1869 he returned to Europe, and lived between Paris and Rome for 21 years. In 1871, he portrayed Pope Pius IX. In 1892 he returned permanently to Chicago, where he died two years later. Among the illustrious men who posed for him, besides Pius IX, the American presidents John Quincy Adams, Franklin Pierce and Abraham Lincoln, the generals Ulysses Simpson Grant (future president) and William Tecumseh Sherman, Louis Philippe king of France, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, composer Franz Liszt, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Calhoun, William H. Seward and many more. His paintings are kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, while a self-portrait of him is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
The portrait, oil on canvas, exudes all the magic of the paintings of Healy, a refined portrait painter. The soft and warm light highlights the beautiful face of the young Madame Word, her eyes with languid expression, the magnificent blue silk dress, the complicated hairstyle ...
The portrait is signed behind the canvas "Miss LG Word painted in Rome .... 1870 GPA Healy ". It had a final varnish cleaning by our trusted restoration lab. It is framed in a beautiful original gold frame.
Canvas measure cm 80 x 49
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