German ‘Freundschaftsbilder’ or Informal Friendship Portrait of an Artist

A German ‘Freundschaftsbilder’ or Informal Friendship Portrait the Artist Seated before a Large Canvas Painted with a Visigothic Battle Scene holding his Palette Brushes and Mahl Stick his Eyes Piercing the Viewer
Oil on paper laid on artists board
Early 19th Century
Size: 30.5cm high, 23.5cm wide - 12 ins high, 9¼ ins wide (panel)
41cm high, 32.5cm wide - 16 ins high, 13¼ ins wide (framed)
Informal friendship portraits known as ‘Freundschaftsbilder’ were particularly popular with German artists in the early 19th century. They were usually painted by another artist of the same circle perhaps as a token of regard. The artist has been given a very theatrical air whilst showing off all the indications of his profession and the slightly erotic subject matter of his art. His eyes look out from the portrait with a peculiar intensity and are separately focused which may be because it is a self portrait and the artist used a mirror to paint his own image. He sits before a velvet curtain in an embroidered coat and a silk waistcoat, recalling Leonardo da Vinci’s comment that whilst the painter sits at ease in his chair in his fine clothes, the sculptor labours amidst the dust and noise of his workshop.

German ‘Freundschaftsbilder’ or Informal Friendship Portrait of an Artist

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