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

83.4 x 67.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
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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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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.

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