February 20, 2015 § 2 Comments
I am thrilled to add a new catalogue entry – Jeune Femme des Monts Sabins, by Hermann Winterhalter (oil on canvas, 98 x 76 cm).
Thrilled – because so little is known about Hermann Winterhalter, that every new work, which emerges from a private collection, is akin to a major revelation, and becomes an important addition to our collective knowledge about this supremely gifted and technically adroit painter.
The painting is signed [H] Winterhalter lower left and the handwriting clearly matches Hermann Winterhalter’s signatures in his other authenticated works. It appears to have been painted around the late 1830s to early 1840s, when Hermann joined his brother in Paris and began producing a number of Italian studies influenced by, and reminiscent of, Franz Xaver’s works. A number of these paintings were exhibited at the Salon, where they attracted a positive critical response.
The painting is included in the forthcoming auction, Mobilier, objets d’art, peinture, argenterie, Maître Guillaumont, 1725 route de Riottier, Villefranche-sur-Saône, and will be offered for sale on 28 February 2015, lot 12, estimates €4,000-6,000. [Please see http://www.interencheres.com/ or http://www.auction.fr/ for further information about this sale].
I would like to thank Maître Guillaumont for acknowledging my assistance in the cataloguing of this work.
The painting has been entered into Hermann Winterhalter’s Catalogue Raisonné under the provisional no. 101k.
© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2015.
May 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
Scene at the Source @ Russian Seasons, St Petersburg
Last but not least in my market updates is the charming Scene at the Source (1848, pencil and charcoal on paper, 54.0 x 70.0 cm), at the Russian Seasons auction house (lot 94).
The drawing is a copy after Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s Les Italiennes à la Fontaine (c. 1836, oil on canvas). The original painting was presumably exhibited at the Salon in 1837, and later at the Berlin Academy of Art in 1838. Although its current location remains unknown, it was a very popular work, which was widely copied and reproduced in engravings and lithographs.
The drawing is tantalisingly inscribed “Chaklatsky, Bavrichev, […]rsky, Chipilev et Couzmine l’annee 1848”. Further research is required to ascertain whether these are the names of the five artists who had collaborated in the production of this copy, or whether these are the names of the five gentlemen who had recreated Winterhalter’s painting as a tableau vivant at a social gathering, a popular pastime of the era.
At the time of writing, the work remains unsold.
© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.
April 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
111a. Jeune Fille Assise, early to mid-1840s
Oil on canvas, 50.0 x 38.0 cm
Signed lower right: H. Winterhalter
A charming painting by Hermann Winterhalter recently appeared at the Hôtel des Ventes, in Geneva, on 13 March 2013 (lot 945).
It shows a young girl, depicted full-length, seated on the grass, against the background of a dark folliage. Her head is tilted to the right, her eyes gazing to the left beyond the picture plane. Her hands are resting on her limbs, the right hand cupping the left. She is wearing a dress of Mediterranean inspiration, though it is difficult to attribute it with certainly to a particular national or regional costume. Her black hair is parted in the middle, gathered at the back, and decorated with pink and white tasselled ribbons. A white embroidered shawl covers her shoulders. It is tucked into an olive-grey coloured bustier, decorated at the shoulders with large pink ribbons edged with tassels, which match the ribbons in her hair.
The girl is wearing a light golden-yellow skirt with a white apron. Red slippers edged with yellow are visible on the right hand side beneath the hemline of her skirt. She is holding in her lap what appears to be a stick with raw wool attached to the top of it and fastened with an ornamental ribbon, the design of which echoes details of costumes of Mediterranean maidens in comparable works by Hermann Winterhalter, as well as those of his brother, Franz.
Though the work is not dated, the style, brushwork, pigment application, and the overall gamut of the painting suggests the early to mid 1840s as a possible date for this work.
The catalogue does not provide any provenance information. Originally estimated at CHF 700-900, the painting was sold for CHF 3,000 (€ 2,500 approx.).
© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013