Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Friedrich von Amerling

Lost In Dreams (Reading woman)
oil on canvas
55 x 45 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, Austria

Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887) was an Austro-Hungarian portrait painter in the court of Franz Josef. He is one of the outstanding Austrian portrait painters of the 19th century.

He was born in Vienna as the son of the gold-and-silversmith. He studied from 1815 to 1824 at the academy of the arts in Vienna, then went to Prague where he studied at the Academy until 1826. Between 1835 and 1880, he was a court painter in Austria. He was the most popular portrait painter of the high aristocracy and the large middle class of the Biedermeier period.

He spent much time traveling to Italy, the Netherlands, Munich, Spain, England, Greece, Skandinavia up to Norway's North Cape, Egypt and Palestine. In 1878 He was elevated to the nobility and was called Friedrich Ritter von Amerling. As one of the most outstanding artists of Vienna he received numerous important men of letters and musicians (such as Franz Liszt) at home. Apart from numerous other honours, he received the Orden der Eisernen Krone in 1879. Upon his death in 1887, a street in Vienna was designated the Amerlingstrasse in his name. In 1948 the Austrian post office issued a special stamp on the 60th anniversary of Friedrich von Amerling's death. On 3 March 2008 the Austrian Post Office issued another Amerling stamp.

He created over 1000 works, mostly portraits. His style has points of similarity to that of Ingres, combining clarity of outline with rich coloration.