Young Woman With Flowers by Jean Frans Portaels (Belgian, 1818-1895), is now part of the 19th century European collection at Matthew’s Galleries. While Portaels was known as an Orientalist, this oil suggests a Pre-Raphaelite direction. The 19.75” x 16” canvas is included in the Portaels catalogue raisonné by Antoinette De Laet, (artist’s niece), Brussels, Belgium. It is offered at $110,000.
Matthew's Galleries was opened by its current owner/director Matthew W. Gerber in 1968. The specialty has always been quality 19th & 20th century American paintings with some European works as well. Emphasis is on Northwest and California regionalist artists. The retail part of the gallery offers at least 300 works for sale on exhibit at any given time. In addition, the gallery presents at least two art auctions each year at its large venue located about 10 miles from Portland, Oregon, just one block off I-5.