• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7863

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day

    7 July 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 287

    Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (Austrian, 1793-1865)

    Three graces garlanded with roses

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    Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (Austrian, 1793-1865)
    Three graces garlanded with roses
    signed and dated 'Waldmüller/1856' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    32¼ x 25 5/8 in. (82 x 65 cm.)

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    As was common practice at the Viennese Academy at the beginning of the 19th century, Waldmüler trained his technique by making copies of Old Masters in public collections. Inspired by the classics he travelled to Italy, returning in 1825 to established a successful practice as a portrait painter. His career flourished and he received royal patronage with his portrait of Franz I in 1827. Although his initial reputation was based on the painstakingly executed portraits Waldmülers true fame came with the resounding admiration he received for his landscapes. He would become an artist of great international standing and in the year the present lot was executed, 1856 , during a stay in London, he sold 31 pictures to the British royal household and court.

    The present lot combines three elements from his career in a very rare composition of tangible luminosity. Waldmülers has interpreted the classical nude within the contemporary genre, accurately observed and meticulously painted. His skill is self-evident in his keen eye for details, the colourful and lifelike branches of the Oleander - clearly based on a close study of nature - and his way of evoking the atmosphere of the Mediterranean, setting the stage for this mythological scene.

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    Herr von Vlastov, 1865.
    Olga Storzer, Prague.
    Private collection, Budapest.
    Acquired in 1941 through Hermann Hoffmann by The German Reich for the planned Führermuseum, Linz (inv. no. 2001).
    Transferred to the Munich Central Collecting Point by Allied Forces (Inv. no. 8590) and restituted to Austria (BDA Salzburg) in 1952.
    Stored at Mauerbach and restituted in 1979.
    Anonymous Sale; Dorotheum, Vienna, 17 Nov. 1981, lot 185.


    B. Grimschitz, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Salzburg, 1957, p. 352, no. 829.
    R. Feuchtmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865, Vienna, 1996, p. 508, no. 907, illustrated.


    Salzburg, Österreichischer Kunstverein, Waldmüller Ausstellung, 1865, no. 54.