FRIEDRICH VON AMERLING
OIL SKETCH FOR THE PORTRAIT OF THE FUTURE PRINCE JOHANN II VON LIECHTENSTEIN (1840-1929) ON A WHITE PONEY
Following the series of portraits of Marie Franziska, Karoline and Sophie von Liechtenstein, is the striking sketch of 1844/45 of the five-year-old Johann von Liechtenstein (1840 –1929), the future Prince Johann II, on his white pony. Amerling has here captured the striking vivacity of his subjects. In this little masterpiece we can sense how direct the relationship between the painter and his subject must have been, and we can see how Amerling was able to draw on this relative intimacy in painting his portrait.
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Friedrich von Amerling
Oil sketch for the Portrait of the Future Prince Johann II von Liechtenstein (1840-1929) on a White Poney, 1844/1845
Oil on canvas
height 33 cm, width 24 cm
Inv.-No. GE2106
Provenance: in 1888 listed in the inventory of Amerling’s estate; acquired by Prince Johann II von Liechtenstein from the Viennese hotel owner Johann Frohmer
Further works on display
Portrait of the Sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844), 1843
Portrait of Princess Marie Franziska von Liechtenstein (1834-1909) at the Age of Two, 1836
Portrait of Princess Karoline von Liechtenstein (1836-85) at the Age of One and a Half, 1837
Portrait of Princess Sophie von Liechtenstein (1837-99) at the Age of about One and a Hall, 1838
Portrait of the Future Prince Johann II von Liechtenstein (1840-1929) on a White Pony, 1845
Portrait of the Painter Peter Fendi (1796-1842), 1833
Study of the Head of a Bearded Man
Lost in her Dreams, 1835
Portrait of Elise Kreuzbereger, 1837
Self-portrait, 1880/1881
Girl with Straw Hat, 1835
Portrait of Prince Victor Odescalchi (1833–1880) in Greek costume at the age of five, 1838
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