|Countess Louise de Baillet, 1902.|
Better remembered as a sculptor - if, frankly, remembered at all - the Belgian Lalaing also produced calm, coolly elegant, and very smoothly finished portraits; of the examples I've been able to find, the vast majority are of aristocratic - or at least very genteel - ladies. Most if not all of those featured here appear to have been done in pastel.
|Mrs. William Barrett Ridgely, née Kate Deering, 1896.|
|Mlle. Hélène de Burlet, 1894. (The young lady later became a nun and endured imprisonment during both world wars.)|
|"Lady Saphire", circa 1910s.|
|Countess Maximilien de Lalaing, née Julia Vibart, mother of the artist, 1896.|
|Countess Charles de Lalaing, née Baroness Christine du Tour van Bellinchave, sister-in-law of the artist, 1906.|