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# 41985

Heinrich Friedrich Fueger "Maria Antonia Walpurgis of Saxony", rediscovered miniature!!, 1771/72

Price: 5900  EUR

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Still in its original golden locket encircled with amethysts, it is a miniature portrait of the widowed Maria Antonia Walpurgis Symphorosa, Electress of Saxony, nee Princess of Bavaria (1724-1780; see our comparison image nr.5 and CLICK HERE).

This very important miniature portrait was recognized by our friend, world's best specialist in portrait miniatures Dr. Bodo Hofstetter as an early (1771-1772) work of the famous Vienna Neoclassical historical painter, portraitist (and miniaturist!) Heinrich Friedrich Fueger. (the latter as known spent several years (from ca.1770 to 1774) in Dresden where sitter of this miniature had her official residence). Moreover, Dr. Hofstetter informed us that this miniature is mentioned (as lost!) in the standart work about Fueger's miniatures by Ferdinand Laban (Berlin 1905, p.44 - see our image nr.6) and in "Teutsches Künstlerlekon" by J. G. Meusel (Lemgo 1778, p.37 - see our image nr.7).

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.

Provenance: English private collection

We are very grateful to Dr. Hofstetter for his generous help

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Condition: good

Creation Year: 1771/72

Measurements:UNFRAMED:3,0x3,0cm/1,2x1,2in FRAMED: 4,1x4,1cm/1,6x1,6in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

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Creator: Heinrich Friedrich Fueger

Creator Dates: 1751 Heilbronn-1818 Vienna

Nationality:German / Austrian

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