Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955)


Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Girl with Dog and Parasol
Post Impressionist Belgian painter Fernand Toussaint was born into a cultivated upper-middle class family in Brussels. At the age of 15, Toussaint began his education at the Art Academy of Brussels under portrait painter Jean-François Portaels from 1889 – 1894. Toussaint left for Paris in 1891, continuing his studies under Belgian portraitist Alfred Stevens. Toussaint divided his time between Belgium & Paris, often painting commissioned portraits for affluent members of European society.  Some of his well-heeled clients requested their portraits with their dogs, and these remain.

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with a Dog

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with Dog and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Pensive Women with Parasol
Well, here are women supported by all of the late-19th & early 20th-century popular portrait props – fans & mirrors & parasols & Japanese prints & books & flowers & more parasols. They are not underprivileged in any way, but most of them do not seem happy. Most appear to be worrying & contemplating & depressed & lonely. These ladies are certainly not the liberated European women of the early 20th-century, which we encounter in other portraits. Post Impressionist Belgian painter Fernand Toussaint was born into a cultivated upper-middle class family in Brussels. At the age of 15, Toussaint began his education at the Art Academy of Brussels under portrait painter Jean-François Portaels from 1889 – 1894. Toussaint left for Paris in 1891, continuing his studies under Belgian portraitist Alfred Stevens. Toussaint divided his time between Belgium & Paris, often painting commissioned portraits for affluent members of European society. Avant-garde art magazines in Paris took notice of him, when he was awarded the gold medal for a portrait of a lady at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1929. Throughout his career, Toussaint also painted marinescapes, landscapes, genre scenes, interiors, & still lifes.

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Lady

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Femme élégante à l’opéra with Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) A Quiet Moment

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady in a Hat

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Femme élégante au parc, Paris

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) A Moment of Contemplation

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955)

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Daydreaming

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Contemplation

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Daydreaming

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) De opschik

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Deep in Thought

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegance and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegance with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman Seated with Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegante au collier de perles

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Elegant Woman with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Faraway Thoughts

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Femme au collier de chien

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady in the Green Dress with Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Girl with a Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune elegante a l’eventail

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune Femme a l’ombrelle

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune femme comtemplant de croquis with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Jeune Fille Regardant un Tableau de Fragonard

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with a Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with a Music Score

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Lady with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Picking Petals

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Portrait of an Elegant Woman

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Reflections in Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Reflections in Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Sitting on a Sofa

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Still Life with Roses and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Green Dress and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Blue Hat and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Looking Glass

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Love Letter and Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) The Red Hat

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with a Fan

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Weerspiegelingen Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with a Hand Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman Admiring Japanese Print

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with a Blue Necklace

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman at Toilette Mirror

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with Gloves and Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with Pearls

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman in Pink Dress

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Woman with Pearls

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman with a Rose

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman with Rose

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Young Woman with Parasol

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, 1873-1955) Seated Woman with Parasol

4 responses

  1. Elegance 🙂

    2013/10/20 at 11:30 am

    • Vielen Dank liebe Sue, ja früher war doch eine schöne, wenn auch unbequeme Mode! Ganz Liebe Grüße Helga xox 🙂

      2013/10/20 at 11:52 pm

    • Thank you dear Sue, 🙂

      2013/10/31 at 12:21 pm

  2. Wunderschön tolle Kleider waren das früher.Wünsche dir einen schönen Tag lieber Gruß Gislinde

    2013/09/26 at 12:02 pm