Vienna: Artist Aust. v. Reiffenstein & Rösch, [ca. 1856]. 448 x 636 mm. Printed on china paper and laid down to publisher's card mount.
Two of the seated listeners are attired in what appears to be traditional Hungarian dress and smoke pipes, one of which is unusually long. Three of the other three men, including both the pianist and the violinist, smoke cigars. One of the listeners (perhaps the artist Neustätter?) stands sketching the performers. Both singers hold sheets of music; a score is open on the grand piano.
Some foxing and browning; minor edge tears and stains; small portion of lower left blank corner of mount lacking.
Neustätter was a German portrait and genre painter. He studied first under the copperplate engraver Peter Latz, then at the Munich Polytechnicum and the Munich Academy (entered 1847) and in 1850 with the portrait painter Bernhard. He was in Vienna from 1854-1864, where he painted a large number of portraits. He then lived in Munich, moving to Tutzing in 1879, "which he was largely instrumental in making a place of popular resort." He was recognized for his efforts to improve and beautify the town; he and his brother were the only resident Jews. Both King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the emperor Franz Joseph of Austria conferred high orders upon him. See The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906 and the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie Vol. 52, 1906, pp. 614-615.
We have, unfortunately, not been able to identify any of the subjects depicted.
A very attractive image. Item #28725
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