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Nicolaus Lauer "Portrait of Christian Friedrich Pfeffel", important pastell!!, 1791/94 3700 EUR
Nicolaus Lauer "Portrait of Christian Friedrich Pfeffel", important pastell!!, 1791/94
This work was executed between 1791 and 1794 in German town Zweibrücken (both the sitter and the artist lived there at the time; see below). It is a very important pastel portrait of Alsatian-born French émigré and - prior to that - a French diplomat (in the beginning of French Revolution, he remained in Zweibrücken and was included in the emigrant list by the French Directory government) - Christian Friedrich Pfeffel von Kriegelstein (1726-1807; see our image nr.7 for his extensive biography).
Nikolaus Lauer (1753 St. Wendel, Saarland - 1824) completed his initial training in Trier (and not in Mannheim, as Neil Jeffares writes) and then worked in St. Wendel (situated ca 50 km form Trier) until 1786. 1786 he married a daughter of a merchant and moved to Blieskastel where he was taken up by Karl III August Christian Pfalzgraf von Birkenfeld-Zweibrücken. Appointed court artist in 1791 he continued to work in Homburg and Zweibrücken until 1794. Following the German forces retreat from Napoleon, he moved to Leipzig and Dresden (1794-1797) where he copied pastels by Mengs and Liotard, and to Berlin (1797-1806) where he did his best known work, among them the numerous images of Queen Luise and her husband Friedrich Wilhelm III which he even advertised in the newspaper "Berlin" in 1799. Chodowiecki drew Anton Graff's attention to the portrait of Luise: "Das ähnliche Bild ist von Lauer aber in seiner harten und steiffen Manier". He returned to St. Wendel in 1806 and remained there until his death.
Provenance: private collection, Bavaria / Germany
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: 1791/94
Measurements: UNFRAMED:40,2x30,8cm/15,8x12,1in FRAMED: 46,0x36,8cm/18,1x14,5in
Object Type: Framed pastel
Style: Old Master drawings
Technique: pastel on vellum (oval), mounted onto stretcher by the artist
Creator: Nikolaus Lauer
Creator Dates: 1753 St. Wendel-1824
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