The painting was sold for 1.21 million pounds that is around 1.38 million euro. This is more than double the previous record amount paid for a Rik Wouters painting. The art experts at Sotherby’s had valued the painting at between 320,000 and 400,000 euro. However, it fetched more than 3 times as much.
“Lady in the woods, blue hat in hand, arm raised” was painted by Rik Wouters (1882-1916) in the summer of 1914. The painting shows his muse Nel. She was the inspiration for around thirty of his paintings in total.
Nel is shown in her well-known striped dress that later formed the inspiration for a collection by the Antwerp fashion designer Dries Van Noten. It was the last of Rik Wouters’ paintings featuring Nel wearing the dress.