This oil portrait by André Romijn is a captivating study in character and poise. The subject, a woman with striking red hair, is depicted with a direct and engaging gaze that draws the viewer into an unspoken dialogue. The artist has employed a realistic style, capturing the subtle play of light and shadow on her features, which brings a three-dimensional quality to the work.

An unspoken dialogue portrait by andre romijn

Romijn’s handling of the paint is both delicate and deliberate, with careful attention to the texture of the hair, the smoothness of the skin, and the nuances of the facial expression. The woman’s hair is particularly noteworthy, with its rich, fiery tones and the way it cascades in soft curls, suggesting both vitality and grace.

An unspoken dialogue portrait by andre romijn

Visual harmony

The choice of a muted background allows the subject to stand out, with the warm, earthy tones complementing her hair and the cool undertones of her skin. This choice creates a visual harmony that is pleasing to the eye, focusing all attention on the subject. The composition is intimate, cropped closely around the woman’s face and shoulders, which enhances the personal nature of the portrait.

The subject’s eyes are a central element of the painting, rendered with a depth that suggests an inner contemplacy or resolve. There is a sense of modernity in the subject’s direct stare, challenging traditional portrayals of female subjects as demure or passive.

Giuditta André Romijn Artist portrait painter

In this work, Romijn has created a portrait that feels both timeless and contemporary, demonstrating his skill in rendering the human form with a sensitivity that resonates with the viewer. It is a testament to the power of portraiture to convey not just a likeness, but the essence of a person.


  • Size (h w d): 46 x 34 cm
  • Medium: Oil
  • Framed Size (h w d): 62.5 x 51 x 5 cm

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