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Mathias Werthmeister - A German Rococo Interior

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  • Mathias Werthmeister
    • Mathias Werthmeister - A German Rococo Interior

      Stock No: RAP0078

      Price : $24,500.00

      Circa:1870

      Medium: Oil On Canvas

      Framed: 38" x 46"

      Unframed: 32" x 40"

  • Artist Biography
    • Mathias Werthmeister (Flourished 1870) This oil on canvas painting in its original frame was painted by the highly skilled but largely unknown German artist Mathias Werthmeister in Munich in 1870. It has been suggested that this boldly detailed Rococo interior could be that of Linderhof, one of Ludwig II residences in Bavaria. The style is closely related and Ludwig II was a great admirer of Louis XIV of France (The Sun King) which would explain the central sunburst motif. The word Rococo is seen as a combination of the French rocaille, or shell, and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. The frame of this piece is a wonderful example of this combination. Due to Rococo love of shell-like curves and focus on decorative arts, some critics used the term to derogatively imply that the style was frivolous or merely fashion; interestingly, when the term was first used in English in about 1836, it was a colloquialism meaning "old-fashioned". However, since the mid 19th century, the term has been accepted by art historians. While there is still some debate about the historical significance of the style to art in general, Rococo is now widely recognized as a major period in the development of European art.

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