Catalogue of Works by Hermann Winterhalter (1808-1891) has been uploaded!

January 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hermann Winterhalter - Girl Bitten by a Wasp 1847Sunday, 8 January 2012

Catalogue of Works by Hermann Winterhalter (1808-1891) has been uploaded!

In what is probably the world’s first, a full listing and selected images of known and recorded works by Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s brother, Hermann Winterhalter (1808-1891) has been uploaded – click here for the web link.

This is undoubtedly the first most comprehensive listing since Franz Wild posthumous pamphlet, which referenced roughly 100 works by Hermann Winterhalter. All of these works are listed on the webpage, but only a few are known today. The list is supplemented by another forty or so works, the existence of which is known (or has been recorded), but which do not appear on Wild’s list. I was able to find illustrations for less than a third of the catalogue entries.

Hermann Winterhalter - Portrait of Betsy Morin 1850Hermann Winterhalter emerges as a professional, academically trained, and truly gifted portrait painter in his own right. He followed Franz Xaver to Freiburg, Munich, Paris, London, and Frankfurt-am-Main. Although he was arguably overshadowed by his brother’s fame and celebrity status, he appears to have established a buoyant portrait practice of his own, being especially active between the late 1840s and the early 1860s. In addition to this, and unlike his brother, he was able to specialise – and capitalise – on the creation of charming genre scenes and popular têtes de fantaisie, which attracted positive exhibition reviews and collectors’ following. Some these works were also popularised through prints alongside those of his celebrated brother.

Apart from pursuing confidently his own painting practice, Hermann’s presence in Paris was invaluable to Franz Xaver. He effectively took over the management of his brother’s studio, frequently picked up the overflow of portrait commissions, and organised the production of copies after his brother’s portraits. Most importantly, Hermann was also responsible for production of accurate and detailed watercolour copies of Franz Xaver’s paintings, which were used as aides for engravers and lithographers in production of prints after these works.

Hermann Winterhalter - Little Darling, c. 1850sAt the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war, both brothers left for Germany. After Franz Xaver’s sudden death in 1873, Hermann effectively took over the management of his brother’s multi-million dollar estate, which included artworks and archival materials (a large proportion of which were damaged during the Second World War).

This catalogue is therefore a nascent attempt to provide a firm and authoritative distinction between the works of the two brothers, so that the works by Hermann Winterhalter are no longer mistaken for those of his celebrated brother (and vice versa), and his deserved reputation as a professional and gifted painter in his own right would continue to strengthen among today’s scholars, collectors, and curators.

As always, this is still very much a Research-in-Progress, and comments, additional information, images, and research materials are welcome through the COMMENTS section or by email to vonreisberg[at]gmail[dot]com. All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.



Images of works by F.X. Winterhalter Uploaded!

January 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sunday, 8 January 2012 

Images of works by F.X. Winterhalter Uploaded!

Phew!!! It only took me a day and a half to re-format and upload in excess of 600 (!!!) images, but this is finally done!!!

Empress Eugenie by F.X. WinterhalterSimilarly to the catalogue entries, these images have been amassed gradually over a period of more than twenty years. Some have been copied from printed books and periodicals that date from the 1820s to the present; a large number have appeared online; and some were emailed to me directly by directors and curators of public and private museums, galleries, and collections; art specialist of numerous auction houses; owners of the actual artworks; descendants of Winterhalter’s sitters; as well as numerous private individuals, academics, and researchers from around the world – and to them my gratitude is endless.

Given the sheer number of images on this blog site, and out of respect and privacy as per individual requests, images are reproduced uniformly as low-res thumbnails.

As you can see, the catalogue is far from being fully illustrated, so additional images are welcome, and your contributions will be gratefully acknowledged!

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