Franz Xaver Winterhalter – Catalogue Updates

February 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

23 Winterhalter - Mother of the ArtistSunday, 5 February 2012

Franz Xaver Winterhalter – Catalogue Updates

A number of early portraits in the Winterhalter catalogue were loosely dated from the late 1810s to the early 1820s. The research indicates that from 1818 to 1822 Franz Xaver Winterhalter was apprenticed in Freiburg-im-Bresgau at the studios of Schuler and Herder. Early 1823 he briefly returned to Menzenschwand, leaving for Munich shortly afterwards. Therefore, the date of a number of early portrait drawings and watercolours (see nos 2 – 7, 18 – 20) were updated to c. 1823 to coincide with the artist’s Menzenschwand sojourn of that year; and Menzenschwand was also identified as the most likely place where the early drawings and watercolours would have been painted by the young artist (see nos 1-8, 18-20).

23 Laule Winterhalter

Nos 19 and 20 were dated by Mayer from around 1830. On stylistic grounds I believe these to be earlier works from the Menzenschwand period of c. 1823.

The exception is made for nos 21 and 22: they display a more mature style, and I agree with Mayer who dates them from around c. 1830, and either Karlsruhe or Menzenschwand-Hinterdorf identified as the most likely place where they would have been drawn.

The title of no.5 was amended to Jacob Benedikt Laule (1748-1829), Step-Grandfather of the Artist. The sitter was the second husband of Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s paternal grandmother, Anna Winterhalter (née Schlageter, 1745-1818), whom he married in 1786.

It is believed that no 4 was lithographed by Josef Anton Selb (1784-1832), c. 1826.

For more details, see https://franzxaverwinterhalter.wordpress.com/franz-xaver-winterhalter-works-1805-1830/

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2012 

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