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Friday, March 15, 2013

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805 – 1873)


Born in a small village in Germany's Black Forest, Franz Xaver Winterhalter left his home to study painting at the academy in Munich. Before becoming court painter to Louis-Philippe, the king of France, he joined a circle of French artists in Rome. In 1835, after he painted the German Grand Duke and Duchess of Baden, Winterhalter's international career as a court portrait painter was launched. Although he never received high praise for his work in his native Germany, the royal families of England, France, and Belgium all commissioned him to paint portraits. His monumental canvases established a substantial popular reputation, and lithographic copies of the portraits helped to spread his fame. Winterhalter's portraits were prized for their subtle intimacy, but his popularity among patrons came from his ability to create the image his sitters wished or needed to project to their subjects. He was able to capture the moral and political climate of each court, adapting his style to each client until it seemed as if his paintings acted as press releases, issued by a master of public relations.
The Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Ladies in Waiting
Family of Queen Victoria

Florinda anagoria
Dolce far niente
This picture shows the Duke of Wellington offering a gift to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Prince Arthur, in a scene resembling the Adoration of the Magi. 
Leonilla Princess of Sayn Wittgenstein Sayn
Barbe Dmitrievna Mergassov Madame Rimsky-Korsakov 
Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff
Portrait of Louises von Orléans
Marie von Sachsen Weimar (von Preußen)
Portrait of empress Maria Flexandrovna
Princess Kotschoubey
Portrait of countess Olga Shuvalova
Portrait of Alexandra, Princess of Wales
Portrait of the queen Olga
Empress Elisabeth of Austria with diamond stars on her hair

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