Portrait of Franz Oliver Graf von Jenison zu Walworth (1787-1867) [Part I]

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Portrait of Franz Oliver Graf von Jenison zu Walworth (1787-1867) [Part I]

I spent a few weeks visiting museums which have works by Franz Xaver Winterhalter and / or Hermann Winterhalter.

My first port of call was the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, which has a very special painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait of Franz Oliver Graf von Jenison zu Walworth (1837, oil on canvas, 131.0 x 98.0 cm).

The three-quarter-length portrait shows the count standing, and leaning on a pedestal with his right elbow. A most extravagant fur coat is thrown over his shoulders, cascading down the whole length of the portrait. Underneath it, he is shown wearing a dark jacket with velvet detailing. An elaborate black silk cravat is tied around starched shirt collars, which, together with the crisp white cuff, break through the overall darkness of the count’s outfit.

The portrait is remarkable for its subdued palette limited only to the variations of three main pigments – white, black, and red. The artist’s ability to manipulate the black pigment in order to produce innumerable distinct shades, as well as relate textures of different black fabrics and materials – be it fur, velvet, linen, or silk – is truly astounding.

http://www.pinakothek.de/neue-pinakothek

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.

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