Fred liked this black-haired model, and so do I!The Pfeiffer signature is not shown on this view. The tail end of his "R" is seen in red to the left of the gold vase on the table.
I would NEVER have suspected this painting of being by Fred Pfeiffer if I had come across it during a search for his work on the web, although the stone wall in the background does give a slight hint of his style.I love the color and the overall design of this picture. It's very well done...except for the way the girl's legs are insinuated beneath the fabric of her dress. The way Fred painted them, it looks more like covered 2x4 boards sitting across the King's lap than a girl's legs. But, I like the picture very much as a whole. It's interesting. At the time I had my visit with Fred long ago, I had art books galore on the old masters all over my apartment, one of which was the massive Reynal & Company tome on Rembrandt, which was sitting on the table beside Fred's chair that evening. I had told him that my favorite old master of all was Peter Paul Rubens (and still is)...and I asked him which of the old masters he was most fond of. He did not committ to an all-time favorite, but thumping his finger on the Rembrandt book he said he loved the way Rembrandt applied paint to a canvas, and seemed especially fond of the works done toward the end of the master's life. I can't help but still think of Fred's thoughts on Rembrandt when I occasionally thumb through that big old book, and there are several elements of this painting right here by Fred...The Concubine...that remind me somewhat of the Rembrandt style.
Post a Comment