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# 42941

Josef Kreutzinger "Round box with miniature portrait of Archduke Franz of Austria", 1780/85

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Round box with miniature on ivory set in its lid.
This miniature is a portrait of the young Archduke Franz of Austria (1768-1835), future Holy Roman Emperor Franz II and - from 1804 - Kaiser Franz I of Austria. On this portrait, he appears to be about 20-25 years of age, which provides a date of painting - late 1780s-early 1790s. We are strongly convinced that the author of this highly qualitative miniature was the well-known Viennese portrait painter and miniaturist Josef Kreutzinger (for comparison, see our images nr.11-12 and other works of this artist in our possession). This miniature must be one of his earliest works.

Josef Kreutzinger (also Kreuzinger; 1757 Vienna - 1829 ibidem) studied from 1768 at the Viennese "Academy St. Anna" (Academy of Fine Art) and after 1774 was strongly influenced by Viennese Neoclassical historical painter and portraitist Friedrich Heinrich Fueger who arrived in Vienna this year. Kreutzinger became Fueger's pupil immediately. After a short stay in Munich and several months in St. Petersburg (1793), Kreutzinger returned to Vienna where he later became a sought after portraitist of high society and court (he was also appointed"Hofkammermahler" (court artist)). His works of this period demonstrate a strong influence of English portraitists of the 18th century - Lawrence, Reynolds and Gainsborough. From Lawrence originates the "en-face" representation of faces with a sidewards glance and upper body facing in the opposite direction in three-quarters portraits. Reminiscent of Gainsborough are portraits where the depicted person stands next to their horse. Besides royalties and high aristocracy Kreutzinger's clientele consisted of military persons, scholars and artists. Later he also portrayed representatives of Viennese bourgeosie. He was also active as engraver and portrait miniaturist.
Our web #42739 is a convincing prove of the fact that Kreutzinger visited Russia at least one more time: in autumn of 1799, he portrayed in St. Petersburg the newlywed daughters of Tsar Paul I, Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna and Elena Pavlovna, as well as their husbands - Archduke Joseph of Austria and Friedrich Ludwig, Prince of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the duchesses' mother, Empress Maria Fedorovna.
In 1936 one of Vienna's streets was named in Josef Kreutzinger's honor - Kreutzingergasse in the Viennese 12th district.

Provenance: Gallery Stuker, Bern, November 20th 2008, lot 8141 (erroneously as portrait of Joseph II of Austria).

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Condition: miniature: in fairly good condition; artist's join between 8:30 and 9:30 o'clock; box: in fairly good condition

Creation Year: 1780/85

Measurements: UNFRAMED:6,8x6,8cm/2,7x2,7in FRAMED: 7,9x7,9cm/3,1x3,1in

Object Type: box with miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: box: ivory with tortoiseshell and ormolu mounting; miniature: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: -

Creator: Josef Kreutzinger
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1757 Vienna-1829 Vienna

Nationality: Austrian

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