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'The Muse Terpsichore' by Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904).

The painting – which depicts the Ancient Greek goddess of music, song, and dance playing a harp before Mount Olympus – is signed by the artist and dated 1898. This large painting by one of the finest European portrait painters during the second half of the 19th century hangs in its original hand-carved gold metal leaf frame.

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Franz von Lenbach studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under the eminent German Realist painter Karl Theodor von Piloty (1826-1886). Lenbach was a star pupil and accompanied Piloty on a working trip to Rome during which time his reputation continued to grow. In 1867 he won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle and his international reputation was made in 1869 when – although in competition with many of the most prominent French artists of the day – he was awarded the gold medal at the Glaspalast in Munich. From 1870 he exhibited at the most important international venues in London, Vienna, and Paris where he won a prestigious Grand Prix medal. In 1882, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown, and later became a Knight in the Legion of Honour.

Among Franz von Lenbach’s most famous paintings are portraits of William Gladstone, Richard Wagner, Pope Leo XIII, Johann Strauss, Emperor Franz Josef, King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Emperor Wilhelm II, and Count Otto von Bismarck.

Dimensions: (framed) 143cm x 168cm (56¼” x 66¼”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 100cm x 125cm (39¼” x 49¼”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private European collection.

Presentation: Late 19th century carved and scrolled gold metal leaf frame.

Condition: Excellent. Professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.



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