Inspired by the Fashion themed Drop by Drawing at the NGV this summer I went back and made some studies of fabric and the clothing styles represented in the Grand Salon.
This is a pencil sketch of the painting ‘Le départ du fiancé’ by Austrian artist Wilhelm (Guillame) Koller (painted in 1864). The woman’s clothing mimics some of the military detail in that the her fiancé – her hand pressing on the metal of his breastplate sets the solemn mood of his imminent departure to war.
Koller studied in the Dusseldorf school and was known for his studies of costume and scenes set in a (romanticised) earlier period of Europe. He is described as a neo-renaissance painter.
Koller’s painting can be seen in the Grand Salon at the NGV