This portrait of a lady was painted in the late 19th Century by the esteemed German artist Otto Erdmann. The woman depicted wears a low-cut orange silk dress, its bodice lined with silk and finished with a pink-coloured rose. Her hair is tied with an orange ribbon and she wears a simple yet elegant lace ruff around her neck. The woman looks off to the distance to the viewer’s right, a thoughtful expression on her face.
Otto Erdmann was a well-respected German genre painter who is chiefly remembered as a key practitioner of the Rococo Revival style. Erdmann trained at the Leipziger Akademie and the Academy of the Fine Arts in Munich, before joining the artists’ association, ‘Malkasten’. Erdmann has signed this painting in the lower right-hand side of the composition.
The portrait is naturalistic in style, with unexaggerated lighting and carefully blended brushstrokes, with great attention paid to detail. The painting is oval in format and set in an elaborate giltwood frame.