Jeune femme en toilette bleu clair @ Michel Lhomme

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Jeune femme  @ Michel Lhomme

Jeune femme en toilette bleu clair @ Michel Lhomme

A similar concern can be raised about a portrait of Jeune femme en toilette bleu clair (1869, oil on canvas, 99.0 x 74.0 cm), at Michel Lhomme’s fine art auction at Liège on 25th May 2013 (lot 18).

It depicts a young lady in a light blue evening gown richly decorated with tulle and lace overlay, leaning against a gilded and intricately carved console. The portrait is quite elegant in its own way, and I do not doubt that it is from the 1860s, as the auction house experts claim. However, in my opinion, it is not consistent with the style of Franz Xaver Winterhalter, and therefore his authorship is doubtful.

It is also with a concern that the catalogue gives Winterhalter’s birth date as 1806 (instead of 1805), misspells the name of his home town as “Menzenschroand” (and not Menzenschwand), and writes that Winterhalter learnt engraving from his uncle (I cannot even say how many things are wrong with that statement).

It is rather sad that after all the research that has been done on Winterhalter worldwide, and which is available in a number of languages from innumerable online resources at a touch of a button, the auction house “experts” still allow themselves to include in their catalogues such highly erroneous information.

I trust that with further research into the provenance and history of this portrait, the name of the real author can be established.

The portrait is estimated at €8,000-10,000.

http://www.michel-lhomme.com

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.

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