Art. Nr.: 3
Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887)
"Portrait of Artist's Wife", ca 1880
Condition: good, lined. A few unimportant retouchings in lower part.
Creation Year: ca 1880
Measurements:UNFRAMED:102,7x74,5cm/40,4x29,3in FRAMED: 123,5x95,3cm/48,6x37,5in
Object Type:Framed oil painting
Style: 19th century Paintings
Technique: oil on canvas
Portrait of Marie Paterno, née Nemetschke, the fourth and last wife of Amerling. It is author's own replica of the signed and dated 1872 (sic!) painting offered in April 2001 at Vienna auction house "Dorotheum" (see our image nr.11).
Although unsigned, this is an absolutely authentic work of the famous Austrian portrait painter Friedrich von Amerling. Quote from a monography of Gunther Probst "Friedrich von Amerling. Der Altmeister der Wiener Portraitmalerei", p. 164: "In 1872 Amerling made a trip to Upper Italy together with her and her husband. After several years apart Amerling by chance met Maria, who was already divorced, again".
And the plate 98 of this book (see additional image) shows the mentioned Marie Paterno, who is the same person, maybe somewhat older, as our sitter. Amerling married her in 1881, and around that time our portrait might have been created.
Friedrich von Amerling (1803 Vienna - 1887 ibid.) was an outstanding Austrian portrait painter of the 19th century. In 1816-1823 he studied at the Vienna Academy. In mid 1820s he travelled to London intending to get acquainted with Thomas Lawrence, who was considered the greatest portrait painter of the time. Lawrence allowed the young artist to visit his studio and to continue his education after the master's accomplished works. 11 months later F.von Amerling moved to Paris, where he was friendly received by Horace Vernet. After his return to Vienna he soon became one of the most popular portraitists of the Austrian high society. He worked in Italy in 1831 and 1841-44. Around 1000 portraits created by the artist are known to exist; many of them are now missing. Works of F.von Amerling are displayed in the greatest museums worldwide.