Portrait of Olga von Grunelius, Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Portrait of Olga von Grunelius
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Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Portrait of Olga von Grunelius, 1872


Dimensions
83.4 x 67.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2171
Acquisition
Acquired in 1995 as a gift from Marguerite and Rudolf von Grunelius, Renata von Bernus, née Grunelius, and Marielisa von Pufendorf, née Grunelius, in memory of their father Max von Grunelius, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

From the 1830s onwards, Franz Xaver Winterhalter was one of the most famous and most sought-after portraitists of the European aristocracy. His romantically idealising portraits render the models in a flattering, almost diffused manner. This also applies to the portrait of the 23-year-old Olga von Grunelius, née Baroness von Bethmann (1849–1925). Her husband, the Frankfurt banker Moritz Eduard Grunelius, commissioned it in 1872 and it shows the young woman, in keeping with the contemporary fashion, in a lace-trimmed blue evening gown and with a delicate tulle veil around her shoulders. The masterful depiction of luxurious materials and fabrics is considered one of the the characteristics of the portraits by the so-called "princely painter". The artist died of typhoid fever in 1873 during a stay in Frankfurt am Main. His grave is located at Frankfurt's main cemetery.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Olga von Grunelius
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
signiert und datiert links: FrWinterhalter / 1872

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1995 as a gift from Marguerite and Rudolf von Grunelius, Renata von Bernus, née Grunelius, and Marielisa von Pufendorf, née Grunelius, in memory of their father Max von Grunelius, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Provenance

Object History
Auguste Marie Olga von Grunelius (1849-1925) geb. Freiin von Bethmann und Moritz Eduard Hermann von Grunelius (1843-1923), Frankfurt am Main
an ihren Sohn Max von Grunelius (1870-1963), Frankfurt am Main
Schenkung von Marguerite von Grunelius (1905-1995), Rudolf von Grunelius (1903-1998), Renata von Bernus geb. von Grunelius (1916-2011), Marielisa von Pufendorf geb. von Grunelius (1919-2006) in Erinnerung an ihren Vater, Max von Grunelius, an den Städelschen Museums-Verein e.V., Frankfurt am Main, 1995.

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Last update

25.11.2021