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The Countess

1838 Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze Born: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany 1816 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1868 oil on canvas 34 5/8 x 27 1/8 in. (88.0 x 69.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1979.44 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In The Countess, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze concentrated on capturing the handsome and serious features of his sitter; the unfinished, sketchy treatment and outlines of hands show the artist working out the details of his composition. Leutze was an itinerant portraitist in 1838, and the inscription below the portrait reveals that he painted this work either in a friend’s studio or a rented space. The painting’s rich brushwork and colors reflect the style of two popular portraitists in Philadelphia, Thomas Sully and Gilbert Stuart.

Keywords

Figure female - waist length

Occupation - other - aristocrat

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

Born: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany 1816 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1868

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