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Nikolaus Lauer "Prussian General Field Marshal Alexander von Knobelsdorff", important pastel!, 1797/99 11000 EUR
Nikolaus Lauer "Prussian General Field Marshal Alexander von Knobelsdorff", important pastel!, 1797/99
This portrait, executed in the late 1790s by pastelist Nikolaus Lauer who was working in Berlin at that time was acquired on 20th September 2011 at Christie's South Kensington / London (lot 339). It is the second known life portrait (for the first one see our image nr.20) of Prussian soldier of Friedrich the Great epoch, General-Field-Marshal Alexander
Friedrich von Knobelsdorff.
Nikolaus Lauer (1753 St. Wendel, Saarland - 1824) completed his initial training in Trier (and not in Mannheim, as Neil Jeffares writes) and then worked in St. Wendel (situated ca 50 km form Trier) until 1786. 1786 he married a daughter of a merchant and moved to Blieskastel where he was taken up by Karl III August Christian Pfalzgraf von Birkenfeld-Zweibrücken. Appointed court artist in 1791 he continued to work in Homburg and Zweibrücken until 1794. Following the German forces retreat from Napoleon, he moved to Leipzig and Dresden (1794-1797) where he copied pastels by Mengs and Liotard, and to Berlin (1797-1806) where he did his best known work, among them the numerous images of Queen Luise and her husband Friedrich Wilhelm III which he even advertised in the newspaper "Berlin" in 1799. Chodowiecki drew Anton Graff's attention to the portrait of Luise: "Das ähnliche Bild ist von Lauer aber in seiner harten und steiffen Manier". He returned to St. Wendel in 1806 and remained there until his death.
Condition: good; in original late-18th-century frame
Creation Year: 1797/99
Measurements: UNFRAMED:71,0x50,0cm/28,0x19,7in FRAMED: 80,5x59,5cm/31,7x23,4in
Object Type: Framed pastel
Style: Old Master drawings
Technique: pastel on vellum, mounted on stretcher by the artist
Inscription: verso: old label with legend; various other labels
Creator: Nikolaus Lauer
Creator Dates: 1753 St. Wendel-1824
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