Empress Carlota of Mexico by Hermann Winterhalter
Empress Carlota of Mexico by Hermann Winterhalter

Empress Carlota of Mexico

Empress Carlota of Mexico (nee Princess Charlotte of Belgium) c1850s by German Painter Hermann Winterhalter (1808 – 1891); younger brother of the portrait painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805 – 1873).

This beautiful portrait of the young Empress Carlota is set with her standing or possibly sitting in front of a textured multi-colored wall.

She is presented in three quarter view facing to the left of the viewer, looking off into the distance with a minute smile on her face.

She is wearing a white dress with ruffled trim along its borders, a green embroidered sheer shawl and on top of that a black embroidered kerchief.

Placed withing her black hair is a large red flower, and two smaller red flowers with green leaves that are attached to there stems.

She is also wearing a set of earrings that are composed of a round pearl at the top and a tear drop pearl on the bottom; that compliment the pearl necklace around her neck and the pearl pin that holds the ends of her black kerchief to the chest portion of her dress.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Hermann Winterhalter was born in the small village of Menzenschwand, (now part of Sankt Blasien), in Germany’s Black Forest in the Electorate of Baden, on April 20, 1805.

He was the seventh child of Fidel Winterhalter (1773 – 1863), a farmer and resin producer in the village, and his wife Eva Meyer (1765 – 1838), a member of a long established Menzenschwand family.

His father was of peasant stock and was a powerful influence in his life making him follow in his older brother Franz Winterhalter footsteps whom Hermann was very close to. Of the eight brothers and sisters, only four survived infancy.

Hermann began his artistic career, when he was first trained as a lithographer (Lithography is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a smooth surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder (1771 – 1834) as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works.).

From there he later went on to study painting in Munich, Germany and Rome, Italy; after which he moved to Paris, France where he worked with his brother Franz and exhibited at the Salon from 1838 – 1841, 1847 and 1869.

In th 1850s Hermann independently started a small portrait practice of his own, creating respected works such as Young Girl from Ariccia and the portrait of his Parisian patron Nicolas-Louis Planat de la Faye.

After the fall of the Second French Empire (which was the 18-year Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III from January 14, 1852 to September 4, 1870, between the Second Republic and Third Republic, of France.); Hermann and his brother Franz decided to retire to Baden; a historical territory in South Germany and North Switzerland, on both sides of the Upper Rhine.

Where Franz died in 1873; while Hermann for almost 20 more years, passing away on February 24, 1891 in Karlsruhe – the second-largest city of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.

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