Portrait of Berta von Radowitz as a Young Girl, Victor Müller
Victor Müller
Portrait of Berta von Radowitz as a Young Girl
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Victor Müller

Portrait of Berta von Radowitz as a Young Girl, 1863


Dimensions
104.3 x 69.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1838
Acquisition
Acquired in 1929, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Up in the clouds: the girl seems to be utterly lost in another world, with the cares and worries of adulthood still far away. The impression of floating lightness is emphasised by the cloudy blue background and the dress with its lace trim and flounces. This portrait in pastel shades shows Berta von Radowitz, Müller's only pupil. The painting, whose masterful painting style anticipates the portraits by the Impressionists, divided Müller's contemporaries. The verdicts on this work ranged from "very successful" to "totally ludicrous". Its remarkable quality is beyond dispute today.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Berta von Radowitz as a Young Girl
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: Victor Müller 1863.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1929, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB2(RADOWITZ, Berta von)11(+54) historical person (RADOWITZ, Berta von) - BB - woman - historical person (RADOWITZ, Berta von) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 31D13(+4) adolescent, young woman, maiden (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
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16.09.2019