Portrait of Leopold I, Großherzog von Baden, 1831 (cat.no. 54)
November 9, 2012 § 5 Comments
Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
Portrait of Leopold I, Großherzog von Baden (1790-1852)
1831, oil on canvas, 232 x 150 cm, Private Collection
Winterhalter’s portrait of Leopold I, Großherzog von Baden, was exhibited at the 1987/88 Winterhalter exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London and Petit Palais in Paris. Susan Foster wrote in the exhibition catalogue regarding this portrait (p. 175):
“Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden, is portrayed at full-length against a landscape background. He wears a dark-blue coat with silver epaulettes, white knee breeches and black boots, with the yellow sash of the Order of the House of Baden over his shoulder, and on his left breast the cross of the Zahring Lion, the star of the Order of the House of Baden, and the star of the Karl Friedrich Order of Merit. In his left hand, he carried a plumed hat.
“One of at least two portraits of Leopold known to have been painted by Winterhalter, this is the more formal and least successful representation… He stands somewhat stiffly, a slight disproportion between the elongated legs and arms and short square torso and head detracting from the intended grandeur of the placing the upper part of the body against the sky…. This portrait may have had a pendant of the Grand Duchess Sophie, recorded only in the 1873 exhibition at Baden. ”
© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2012.