• Portrait of Bismarck

    Artist:
    Lenbach, Franz von. 1836-1904
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    80х62 cm

Lenbach, Franz von. 1836-1904

Portrait of Bismarck

Germany, 1892

Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898) was the foremost German politician and diplomat of the second half of the 19th century, the first chancellor of the united German Empire. Lenbach, a celebrated portraitist in his day, painted several dozen pictures of Bismarck – quite simply because there was a demand for them. They first met in 1874 and the artist soon became a welcome guest in the Prince’s home. Bismarck did pose repeatedly for Lenbach, but sometimes the artist worked from a photograph of him, something that was already usual in the late 1800s. On seeing his portrait at an exhibition in 1892, Bismarck said: “I am delighted to see myself immortalized by Lenbach. That is just how I want to remain for posterity.” The portraits of the 1890s are indeed the most imposing – depicting their subject in plain clothing, without any attributes or symbols of his high social status, the artist was able to convey the scale of his personality.

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Portrait of Bismarck

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oil

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80х62 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1929; transferred from the Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg

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ГЭ-8389

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