Lot 13: After Franz Xaver Winterhalter
19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART
November 9, 2001
London, United Kingdom
Description: Portrait en pied de l'Imperatrice Eug‚nie oil on canvas 95 5/8 x 621/4 in. (243 x 158.1 cm.) NOTES In 1853 Winterhalter was invited to Paris to paint the Empress Eug‚nie's portrait. Despite having been a court painter for the previous dynasty, Winterhalter was readily employed by Napoleon III. The Emperor ignored past loyalties and commissioned the best artistic talents of the day, often to paint at the famous week-long parties held at CompiŠgne. Winterhalter was the first artist to be bestowed with this honour, most likely due to the state portraits he had just completed. The whereabouts of the original portraits of the Emperor and Empress are unknown, however, copies were made at the request of pr‚fectures, consulates and embassies. The present work numbers amongst these; another example hangs in the Chƒteau de Beloeil.