LOMBARD SCHOOL, 19TH CENTURY | PORTRAIT OF AN AUSTRIAN OFFICER, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, UNFINISHED
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LOMBARD SCHOOL, 19TH CENTURY
PORTRAIT OF AN AUSTRIAN OFFICER, THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, UNFINISHED
oil on canvas
unframed: 107 x 77 cm.; 42 1/8 x 30 3/8 in.
framed: 118.5 x 88.5 cm.; 46 5/8 x 34 7/8 in.
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The canvas is unlined, and the paint surface is relatively clean with a slightly discoloured varnish. The stretcher marks and some associated retouching are visible under raking light. Under close inspection slightly discoloured pin-prick retouchings are visible scattered throughout - these are confirmed under ultraviolet light. Inspection under ultraviolet light also reveals a few more concentrated retouchings: in the left side of the sitter's hair 3 x 3 cm.; to a few spots in the dark background upper right and a larger patch approx. 9 x 7 cm.; in the right side of the sitter's torso 4 x 4; and to a few concentrated spots in the lower right corner. In overall fairly good condition.
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"The fact that this painting is unfinished gives fantastic insight into the artist’s creative process – what is prioritised, how the composition is laid out and the layers of paint are built up… and even if unintentional, I love the unresolved aesthetic."
Arianna Leoni Sceti
The military costume of the sitter suggests a date of circa 1815–22. The artist was possibly from the circle of Friedrich von Amerling, whose paintings this portrait recalls.