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Heinrich Friedrich Fueger "Count Franz Joseph Thun", rediscovered famous miniature on ivory!!, 1790s 28000 EUR
Heinrich Friedrich Fueger "Count Franz Joseph Thun", rediscovered famous miniature on ivory!!, 1790s
Here we are dealing with a portrait of the celebrated Austrian aristocrat Count Franz Joseph Thun which formerly was in the Vienna collection Alfred Strasser and for the last time shown to wide audience at the 1924-exhibition in Vienna's museum "Albertina" (see our image nr.11). Especially known from the beginning of the 20th century through a publication in the standard work about Fueger's miniatures - Ferdinands Laban "Heinrich Friedrich Füger, der Porträtminiaturist", Berlin 1905 (see our image nr.10 ), mentioned by Eduard Leisching as "one of most interesting works of Fueger" (see image nr.12), this almost for 90 years thought to be lost large miniature on ivory unexpectedly surfaced in Switzerland, where we acquired it in June 2012.
Heinrich Friedrich Fueger (1751 Heilbronn - 1818 Vienna) was a German-Austrian neoclassical artist born in Heilbronn, Germany in 1751. He began autodidactically with miniature portraits and as a young boy was shortly trained by the artist Guibal in Ludwigsburg. However he returned to Heilbronn to study law in 1768 and during his university studies continued painting portrait miniatures. His interest in painting grew and he dedicated himself to studying art as pupil of Oeser in Leipzig. He exhibited succesfully at the Dresdner Academy and moved to Dresden, where he worked until the year 1774 then moving to Vienna. He soon enjoyed the interest of the Imperial House and other influential sponsors in Vienna and traveled to Rome on a scolarship in 1776 studying the classical works, Raffael, Annibal Caracci and Domenichino. Among his contemporaries the artists Mengs, Trippel and David had a strong influence on his works. He returned to Vienna in 1783 to be appointed the Vice-director of the Vienna Academy in the same year and Director of the Academy in 1795. From 1806 he was also Director of the Imperial Picture Gallery. He was a very popular portrait and historical painter, a respected master of his time.
Condition: good, in original ormolu frame (compare with image nr.10); later mounted into newer tableau
Creation Year: 1790s
Measurements: UNFRAMED:11,5x9,0cm/4,5x3,5in FRAMED: 26,0x20,0cm/10,2x7,9in
Object Type: Framed miniatures
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: Watercolor on ivory
Inscription: Old legend on verso
Creator: Heinrich Friedrich Fueger
Creator Dates: 1751 Heilbronn-1818 Vienna
Nationality: German / Austrian
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