Property from a British Private Collection
JOHAN JULIUS EXNER
1825 - 1910
The Artist's Model
signed and dated Exner. / 1842. lower right
oil on canvas
122 by 74cm., 48 by 29in.
The canvas has been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher.
The painting surface has an uneven layer of varnish which has yellowed in time. There is scattered craquelure throughout which has been addressed with in-painting, most of which has also discoloured in time and is visible to the naked eye. With the exception of the aforementioned in-painting, inspection under ultra-violet light reveals no further restoration.
The appearance of this work could therefore be enhanced by restoration, including cleaning, removal of old in-painting, retouching and revarnishing.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame.
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Fernando Bolt, Copenhagen (acquired from the artist); thence by descent
Copenhagen, Charlottenborg, 1842 (awarded a silver medal)
The Artist's Model was painted while Exner was apprenticed to the leading Danish Golden Age artist Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783-1853) and is clearly inspired by the latter's Young Girl Undressing of 1844 (34.2 by 30.2cm, private collection).