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"Helene Zoege v. Manteuffel, future wife of artist Gerhard von Kuegelgen", miniature, ca. 1795
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Formerly in the collection of German nobleman Gerd-Harald Ludendorff (1905-?) it is (according to the legend on verso) a portrait of the still unmarried Helene Marie Freiin (daughter of Freiherr (baron)) Zoege von Manteuffel (1774-1842). Due to her dress and hairstyle she was portrayed in the mid-1790s.
Helene Marie (nickname "Lilla") was born on 24th November 1774, at her parents' estate Woiseck (the legend on verso says: estate Eigstier) in Livland (from 1721 a Russian province in the Baltic region; now Estonia).
As a girl she took lessons with the artists Gottlieb Welte (ca.1745 - ca.1790 Reval (now Tallinn, Estonia)) and Gerhard von Kuegelgen (1772-1820). In 1800 she married the latter and had three children with him - two sons Wilhelm and Gerhard and a daughter Adelheid.
In 1820 her husband was murdered in the suburbs of Dresden where the family lived after a several-year-stay (until 1804) in St. Petersburg where Gerhard von Kuegelgen was a court portraitist. She outlived her husband by 22 years and died on 24th May 1842 in Ballenstedt (now in the German province Sachsen-Anhalt).
Our images nr. 8-9 show several other portraits of this woman.
This miniature demonstrates stylistic criteria of works of pupils of the famous Swiss-German portraitist, professor of the Dresden Academy, Anton Graff.
Anton Graff (1736 Winthertur, Switzerland - 1813 Dresden) was a Swiss painter, active in Germany. He began his studies as a pupil of Johann Ulrich Schellenburg (1709-95) in Winterthur and continued his training with etcher Johann Jakob Haid in Augsburg between 1756 and 1765.
He worked for the court painter Leonhard Schneider (1716-62) in Ansbach from 1757 to 1759, producing large numbers of copies of a portrait of Frederick the Great (probably by Antoine Pesne); then, returned to work in Augsburg, followed by Munich and Regensburg, and quickly gained popularity as a portraitist. He lived in Augsburg until 1764. His time there was an important step in furthering his career, as were the months he spent in Regensburg (1764-5) painting miniatures of clerics and town councillors. He was court painter to the Elector Frederick-Christian of Saxe-Weimar in Dresden from 1766 and taught at the Hochschule der Bildende Künste there.
Portrait commissions from his progressive circle of friends gave rise to repeated trips to Berlin.
In 1771 he travelled to Berlin, where he painted portraits of Jakob Mendelssohn, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and J. G. Sulzer. Sulzer introduced him at court, which also resulted in many commissions. He was invited several times to teach at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, but he remained in Dresden. In 1789, he took a professorship at the Academy of Dresden.
He often travelled to Leipzig, and in summer he frequently went to Teplitz (now Teplice, Czech Republic) and Karlsbad (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic); he also worked in Berlin on several occasions and returned to Switzerland for visits.
Graff is considered, along with Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, to be the most important German portrait painter of the second half of 18th century.
Creation Year: ca 1795
Measurements: UNFRAMED:6,4x5,2cm/2,5x2,0in FRAMED: 13,7x11,7cm/5,4x4,6in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: silverpoint and red chalk on whitened card (oval)
Inscription: old legend on verso
Creator: Anton Graff
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Creator Dates: 1736 Winterthur-1813 Dresden
Nationality: Swiss / German
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