Masterfully Biedermeier portrait watercolour depicts mother with two children. It was executed in 1836 by well-known Austrian-Czech portrait and miniature painter Alexander Clarot (1796 Vienna- 1842 Praque). He was son of engraver Johann C. And the brother of another famous portrait painter Johann. Baptist Clarot (for brother see previous number 4163). Alexander Clarot studied at the Vienna Academy in 1810-1815, worked in Budapest in 1820-1830, where was an art teacher of the Count Sandor family. Rumours say that he has been a pupil of the famous portrait miniaturist Henri Benner with whom Clarot supposedly stayed in Russia between 1814 and 1818. He lived in Vienna until 1836 and then moved to Prague. Being also known as illustrator, Alexander Clarot won special popularity for his oil, watercolor and miniature portraits depicting mainly the representatives of Austrian and Bohemian (Czech) noble families. Several works by him were lithographed by his brother Johann Baptist Clarot. His works can be seen in museum collections in Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria. (Source: www.artistandart.org).
Literature: Prof.H.Fuchs " Die Österreichischen Maler", Vienna, 1975; Thieme/Becker "Lexicon of artists from antique to contemporary" (in German), Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed and dated 1836 lower right.
Technique: watercolour on paper, original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 9 7/8" x h 14 1/8 " (25 x 36 cm), framed w 14 1/2" x h 19 1/4 " (37 x 49 cm)
Condition: in very good condition.