Portrait of a Viennese gentleman created in 1820s and is a typical work of outstanding austrian-german portrait and military painter of the early 19th century Johann Peter Krafft ( 1780 Hanau - 1856 Vienna). The subject, style and composition of it are very close to the works of Krafft.(see Monography "Johann Peter Krafft" by M.Frodl-Schneemann, Herold Edition, Vienna-Munich, 1978.).
Johann Peter Krafft became for the Austrian painting of crucial importance. It was prominent history and portriat painter of the classicistical style in Vienna, had however later also influence on the development of the genre painting of the Viennese Biedermeier epoch (by his painting Die Heimkehr des Landwehrmannes, 1820). Krafft created important history pictures of patriotic contents for Austria and his emperor house. It was finally also active as a restorer in the Palace Schoenbrunn and the Jesuiten church in Vienna. Johann Peter Krafft affected the painting of Ferdinand George Waldmueller.
Johann Peter Krafft was born as the son of the email painter Johann Ignaz Krafft and his wife Anna Katharina Magdalena Donné originating from the Elsass. His brother Joseph Krafft was painter too, who was particularly concerned with portrait and miniature painting. J.P.Krafft visited already with 10 years (1790) the drawing school in his hometown Hanau. Together with his sister he was sent 1799 to his aunt to Vienna, where he entered immediately the Academy of the Arts in the subject historical painting under Friedrich Heinrich Fueger. 1802 he traveled with Ludwig Schnorr from Carolsfeld to Paris to further-study over here. Here he contacted with the famous classizist historical-scenes painters Jacques Louis David and Francois Gerard, to which he owed artistically much. 1805 he returned to Vienna and dedicated himselves on the advice of David now also the portrait painting. In 1808-1809 Krafft made study trips to Rome, he became 1813 member of the academy in Vienna and 1815 the Hanauer drawing academy. 1815 he married July Iana Preisinger, with which he remained married up to her death 1847. In 1823 he was appointed the Korrektor and extraordinary professor for history painting at the Viennese academy. As such he already exerted himself for the nature observation instead of academic collecting mains in instruction. 1828 finally became Krafft director of the Imperial Picture gallery and Castle Belvedere in Vienna. Here he lived also with his family up to his death. Krafft was one the joint founder of the Viennese art association. In 1835 he undertook a journey to Munich and Dresden, 1837 after Venice, where he acquired 80 paintings for the Viennese gallery, and 1838 to Berlin, Prague and on castle Karlstein. 1839 it became honour member of the Kopenhagener academy. He died in 1856 . 1885 were designated in Vienna the Krafftgasse after his name.Works of Krafft situated by the most prominent private collection and museums iof the world (St:Petersburg, , Vienna, Budapest , Berlin)
Literature: Marianne Frodl-Schneemann: Johann Peter Krafft 1780-1856. Monographie und Verzeichnis der Gemälde. Vienna, Herold Edition, 1984
Technique: oil on canvas. Gold-plated original period frame.
Measurements: unframed w 21" x h 28" ( 53 x 71 cm), framed w 28" x h 35" (71 x 89 cm)Condition:
in good condition, original canvas, not relined.