This painting proves the success of the portrait of the famous composer Gluck, realized by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis in 1775 during his Parisian visit. The original is now part of the collections of Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, (99,5 x 80,5 cm). Our painting was most likely painted directly after the original when Gluck returned to Vienna.
The canvas has a sound relining which has not flattened the paint surface, which is under a yellowed varnish. The vibrant impasto is well preserved.
Minor scattered retouchings can be seen in the hands and some others areas. Some small minor losses can be seen as well as a small tear center left.
The thick varnish makes UV inspection inconclusive.
Should respond well to cleaning. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."