Featured Artist in Collection

Fanny Geefs-Corr (1807-1883)

Portrait of a Young Girl

A fabulous example of the artist’s work, this portrait perfectly illustrates her skills as a painter of portraits and figures. Dating to 1880, Fanny Geefs-Corr has depicted a young girl in the costume of her time holding a bunch of roses. Of particular note are the rather unusual oval format and the presence of a superb original frame.

The artist Fanny Corr was born in Brussels in 1807. As a young girl she studied portrait and figure painting under the guidance of Jean Francois Navez at the Brussels Academy before embarking on a professional career around 1830. Shortly after that, she met, and within a couple of years married, the sculptor Guillaume Geefs, and together they established a studio in Brussels. For a while she chose to sign her works ‘Fanny Geefs-Corr’ but later in life dropped her maiden name from her signature.

She died in Brussels in 1883, but her works are collected by the illustrious Museum of Kortrijk in Belgium and other museums.