Family PortraitArtist(s)Wilhelm von KaulbachArtist NationalityGerman (culture or style)Object Creation Date1834Medium & Supportgraphite on off-white wove paperDimensions
25 1/16 in. x 19 11/16 in. ( 63.7 cm x 50 cm )Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
Wilhelm von Kaulbach
Museum purchase, 1960/2.82
Wilhelm von Kaulbach first studied painting at the academy in Düsseldorf, where he was taught by one of the leading painters of the Nazarene movement. The Nazarenes favored monumental painting that revived interest in Renaissance artists, such as Raphael and Dürer. Kaulbach was taught the importance of composition and a preference for strong, descriptive drawing over color—both elements prominently featured here.
This large family portrait is presumed to be that of Kaulbach’s own family. The two women bear a close resemblance to Kaulbach’s own mother and sister. It is not known who the two younger children are, but it is likely that they are also members of this extended family of artists. Throughout this work, Kaulbach’s line is wonderfully consistent; there is no harsh emphasis on any single figure or element to disturb the harmonious overall effect.
This is a family grouping posed for a portrait.Physical Description
This is a fine line drawing in pencil on white paper that shows a group of four figures of various ages. One is seated and the others are gathered around her chair, looking out at the viewer. They are dressed in early 19th c. European clothing. The central figure is a mature woman who embraces a young girl at her side. There is a boy and young woman standing behind her.Primary Object Classification Drawing Primary Object TypeportraitCollection AreaWesternRights
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families (kinship groups)