Hans Makart - Self Portrait - 19th century Oil painting
oil painting on board - inscribed .
frame size 21 x 27"
board size 14 x 19"
Hans Makart (1840 - 1884)
When Hans Makart moved from Munich to Vienna to take up a highly official appointment in 1869, he was by no means an unknown quantity. The previous year he had achieved extraordinary success with two cycles of paintings (Modern Cupids, and Plague in Florence) which were shockingly unusual for their time. This related to their chromaticity as much as to their content, which bore no relation to contemporary decorative paintings of accepted historical textbook character. In Vienna, it was hoped Hans Makart would bring a breath of fresh air to the Ringstrasse which was then undergoing construction. At first official commissions had to wait, as private clients from industry, business and the upper classes were immediately interested in him. Hans Makart created vast areas of painted décor for salons, dining rooms etc. in Viennese palaces, and quickly became the most sought-after portrait artist in the imperial metropolis. His portraits of Viennese society ladies and actresses embody the splendour and theatre-loving age of which Makart became the undisputed representative.
A beautiful piece that will add to your décor!