This beautiful Biedermeier Oil Painting of a Lady is a typical example for bourgeoisie art. It dates back to 1815-1835 and is a true Gem of the Biedermeier Epoche. It is a commissioned work and therefore - as almost all commissioned works of the 18th and 19th Century - not signed. None the less it is a true masterpiece and has beautiful colors and intricate details. In Biedermeier paintings are characterized by the commitment to portray a sentimental and pious view of the world in a realistic way. Biedermeier themes reinforced feelings of security, Gemütlichkeit, traditional pieties and simplicity, eschewing political and social commentary during the epoch. Thus, the techniques, while classic in nature were of the utmost importance to reach a realistic rendering. Regarding the thematic, the technique was seen not only as a narrative medium to tell the past in anecdotal vignettes, but also to represent the present. This formed an aesthetic unity most evidenced in the portraits.
The young Lady is depicted in Half-Length, in a dark Jacket Dress with a white undergown. She is also wearing a scarf held by a brooch and beautiful earrings. The background is dark as often in Biedermeier pieces. Most likely this picture originates from the middle German area.
Measurements: circa 24 X 18 1/2 inch
Condition: In good condition. Flat and stable web of thin craquelure. The old canvas was doubled in former times. Some smaller dents and scratches but no tears. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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