In the overwhelming majority of cases, the representatives of the highest social strata became the heroes of the portraits. The portrait, in which the necessary image conventions (posture, entourage, expensive clothes, furs, carved cane) are observed and agreed, all indicate the high social status of this character. The portrait as if says: Before you is a noble man. Thus, a noble portrait for centuries represents not only a nobleman, but also a person who has elegant ease, that is, a feature that has long served as a bodily expression of nobility and upbringing, and therefore of belonging to the elite. Oil painting on canvas 37 x 32 cm (roughly 14.6 x 12.6 in) / in frame 57 x 53 cm (22,44 x 20.86 in).
Very Good condition, wear, cracks etc. Overall it looks great and ready to hang.
Please study good resolution images for precise cosmetic condition. Gerhardt Wilhelm von Reutern (17 July 1794, Walk - 22 March 1865, Frankfurt) was a Baltic-German military officer and painter who co-founded the Artists' Colony at Willingshausen. He was born into a noble family of Baltic-Germans dating back to the 15th Century.
He participated in several campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars as a cavalry lieutenant and lost his right arm at the Battle of Leipzig. While recuperating with relatives, he took up drawing as a hobby. In the Summer of 1814, he made the acquaintance of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who urged him to become a painter.They maintained a steady correspondence until Goethe's death in 1832. After serving in several adjutant positions, he resigned from the Army in 1819 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. As part of his convalescence, he moved to Willingshausen and was married there in 1820.
Four years later, he met Ludwig Emil Grimm and the idea for an Artists' Colony was born. They focused on genre scenes and landscapes from the Schwalm. Having been self-taught up to this point, he began taking private lessons from his friend Grimm.
In 1835, he moved to Düsseldorf and studied with Theodor Hildebrandt at the Art Academy there. Two years later, he was appointed to a position as Court Painter for the Imperial Russian family, with the right to live abroad, a concession obtained by his friend Vasily Zhukovsky, who would later become his son-in-law.
In 1841, he invited his friend Jakob Fürchtegott Dielmann to oversee the Artists' Colony and spent his time moving between Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. After three years of travelling, he settled in Frankfurt where he established a studio at the Villa Metzler. In the early 1860s, he was forced to give up painting due to failing eyesight, rheumatism and unspecified "nervous complaints", probably brought about by the successive deaths of several friends and family members; including his wife, daughter Elisabeth and youngest son, Christoph.A number of countries have partially closed their borders to passenger traffic, which means that a large portion of the air traffic has been stopped. This is giving rise to restrictions in transport capacity, and thus problems transporting parcels and letters to large parts of the world.
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