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Lot 26 - Wilhelm Souchon, Portrait of Carl Runckel, Oil Painting, 1850

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Oil on canvas
Wilhelm Ferdinand Souchon (1825 -1876) - German portraiture, genre and historical painter
Signed and dated ‘W. Souchon pinx 1850’ to the right margin
Portrait of the young Carl Julius Ferdinand Runckel (1840 Berlin - 1886 Hohenlimburg) - Presumably later post director in Berlin
Remains of an old adhesive label of the shipping company Gustav Knauer, Berlin, on the reverse of the stretcher
Dimensions (oval): 65 x 54 cm
In gilt wooden frame (oval): 73 x 57 cm
Skillfully painted portrait from the Romantic period that captivates with its delicate flesh tones 

The painting is in good condition, according to age, showing typical craquelure, small stains and paint losses. The varnish has been renewed. The inspection under UV light reveals a touch-up to the lower right margin, and some strokes of retouching to the lower part of the sitter’s body. The frame is a bit worn consistent with age.

Wilhelm Ferdinand Souchon (1825 -1876)

Born in Halberstadt, Wilhelm Ferdinand Souchon was of Huguenot descent, and a student of Auguste Remy in Berlin. From 1849 to 1851, he studied with Hermann Anschütz, Wilhlem von Kaulbach and Moritz von Schwind in Munich. From 1851 to 1854, he lived in Rome in the circle of young German artists such as Franz-Dreber and Ludwig Pietsch, studying primarily the Italian people life. He frequented the house of the Prussian Ambassador Count Usedom. Prince William, the future King of Prussia, bought some Italian genre paintings by Souchon for the Babelsberg Palace. From 1855 to 1867, he lived in Leipzig and painted portraits and religious motifs. In 1867, he settled in Weimar and became director of costumes at the court theater. He painted portraits and genre paintings with motifs from the Thuringian people life. In Berlin, he directed a workshop for a few years. Paintings by Souchon are in the collection of the Wroclaw Museum, among others. (cko)

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