Item #39403 Portrait drawing of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in pastel. Signed "Josie [?]." Ca. 1855. Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART.
Portrait drawing of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in pastel. Signed "Josie [?]." Ca. 1855

Portrait drawing of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in pastel. Signed "Josie [?]." Ca. 1855

On thick artist's cardboard, 46.5 x 38 cms. In contemporary oval gold paper mat, 56 x 46 cms.

The composer is depicted head-and-shoulders, quarter turned to the right, wearing a rich burgundy jacket and a ruffled white shirt, his hair tied with a black ribbon.

Slight wear and smudging; signature and date in faded white pastel, surname indecipherable; handstamp in blue ink to verso, partially legible as "Exposition Universelle ... 1855 ... Pastel R. B. L. Paris."

Minor wear and smudging but in quite good condition overall.

An idealized representation of Mozart dating approximately from 65 years after the composer's death.

The present image does not seem to be derived from any one particular painting or print but may, rather, be the artist's melding of a number of early images. See Bory: The Life and Works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Pictures, pp. 216-17, and Deutsch: Mozart und seine Welt, p. 287.

Item #39403

Price: $400.00  other currencies

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