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# 41738

Friedrich Heinrich Fueger "Count Saurau (?) as "Dolin of Mainz"", important miniature!!, 1795/96

Price: 10000  EUR

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This superior quality miniature is Friedrich Heinrich Fueger's own replica of his miniature in the Cleveland Museum of Art / USA (see our image nr.7). The latter work is included in Dr. Robert Keil's catalogue raisonné on Fueger and is listed there as "made in 1795/96" (see our image nr.8). Dr. Keil reasonably places the "Clevealand version" among those works of Fueger of the 1790s that portray aristocrats: either in some sort of theatrical transformation, or while wearing a historical costume of a past epoch (for example, see our images nr.9-10).
The old inscription on verso of this portrait - "Graf (Count - B.W.) Führt (acts - B.W.) Mainz" - may refer to the sitter wearing the costume of a well-known 1790s literary personage - "Dolin of Mainz" (he was the main figure in knightly epos "Theodor Dolin (also "Doolin" - B.W.) von Mainz", which was written in 1787 by Austrian poet Johann Baptist Alxinger (1775-1797).
The sitter is probably the famous Austrian statesman Fraz Josef Graf Saurau (1760-1832; see our images nr.11-13). whom Fueger portrayed several times.

Friedrich Heinrich Fueger (1751 Heilbronn - 1818 Vienna) was a German-Austrian neoclassical artist born in Heilbronn, Germany in 1751. He began autodidactically with miniature portraits and as a young boy was shortly trained by the artist Guibal in Ludwigsburg. However he returned to Heilbronn to study law in 1768 and during his university studies continued painting portrait miniatures. His interest in painting grew and he dedicated himself to studying art as pupil of Oeser in Leipzig. He exhibited succesfully at the Dresdner Academy and moved to Dresden, where he worked until the year 1774 then moving to Vienna. He soon enjoyed the interest of the Imperial House and other influential sponsors in Vienna and traveled to Rome on a scolarship in 1776 studying the classical works, Raffael, Annibal Caracci and Domenichino. Among his contemporaries the artists Mengs, Trippel and David had a strong influence on his works. He returned to Vienna in 1783 to be appointed the Vice-director of the Vienna Academy in the same year and Director of the Academy in 1795. From 1806 he was also Director of the Imperial Picture Gallery. He was a very popular portrait and historical painter, a respected master of his time.

Provenance: private collection, Berlin

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Condition: good

Creation Year: 1795/96

Measurements:UNFRAMED:8,0x8,0cm/3,1x3,1in FRAMED: 10,8x10,8cm/4,3x4,3in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory (round)

Inscription:old inscription on verso: "Graf /Führt /Mainz"

Creator: Friedrich Heinrich Fueger

Creator Dates: 1751 Heilbronn-1818 Vienna

Nationality:German / Austrian

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