Head of a Young Woman by Hermann Winterhalter
Head of a Young Woman by Hermann Winterhalter

Head of a Young Woman

Head of a Young Woman c1849 by German Painter Hermann Winterhalter (1808 – 1891); younger brother of the portrait painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805 – 1873).

This is a wonderful portrait of a young lady in a sitting pose, with a red drape in the background that partially covers a blank wall.

The young woman has raven black hair and is wearing a white linen blouse underneath a bulky emerald green dress with long sleeves.

She has her partially opened left hand placed across her chess, and in her right hand that is placed on a table we see that she is holding a tanned cloth or paper.

Head of a Young Woman 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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