Spring 2019 at im Kinsky features forays into the world of fantasy, wonderful narratives of myths and religion, idyllic landscapes, transfigured beauties and a view of the world in miniature. The rich artistic output from the centuries before 1900 is represented at im Kinsky with fine masterpieces, new discoveries, and precious objects.
You have to be lucky: Shortly before the outbreak of the French Revolution, Gabriel François Doyen received an invitation to the court of Catherine II in St. Petersburg, where only a few years later he was named director of the Academy. The cheery serenity and placid contentment of the rococo is radiated in the painting of his young reader, whose delicate beauty he immortalized in the form of a framed medallion.
One can also scarcely imagine a lovelier rendering of the child-god of love than the Amor of Karl Josef Agricola, with all of his boyish sauciness and delightful blond curls. Rococo-like lightness, a classical precision in the drawing and the humanist proximity of the Biedermeier era unite in the hands of the painter to create a convincing and exceedingly charming symbiose. Paintings of this size by Agricola, who made a name for himself above all as a portrait painter, are extremely rare and are certain to generate great interest.
Regine was the name of the lovely Italian girl whom Friedrich von Amerling in 1842 dressed in an Oriental-Greek costume in order to portray her as an “Oriental”, seated on precious carpets and shrouded in silk. After long journeys through Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa, the painter ultimately landed in Rome. With this work he presented his collectors in Vienna with a touch of exoticism and a mysterious and imaginary vision of the Orient. This impressive painting was purchased, however, by King William II of Württemberg for his Rosenstein Castle near Stuttgart, from which it passed through a series of private collections after 1922.Decades later the painter Karl Mediz transformed his female model into a fairy of the forest, enshrouded in a richly embroidered blue cloak and surrounded by fairy tale-like trees. Both paintings have in common a remarkable realism and perfectly flawless painting technique, a hallmark of 19th-century art that was represented in an exemplary manner by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller as well. His picture “Old Invalid with Children”, once in the possession of Emperor Franz Joseph I, provides the viewer with a perspective like that of a theatre stage, oscillating delightfully between familiar reality and fanciful idealism.
A newly discovered painting by Robert Russ, brilliantly iridescent watercolours by Rudolf von Alt from an old private collection, a “Corn Harvest” bathed in shimmering light by Olga Wisinger-Florian and fine watercolours by Marie Egner are wonderful examples for the gradual displacement of reality by the soft blur of an impression. A moment preserved for the collector.
Various “collections” of different genres of art handicraft and sculpture in the Antiques auction represent high-quality and in some cases very rare offerings: among them a rare large Apulian volute krater from the fourth century BC as well as selected specimens of sculptural art of the Late Gothic and Early Modern Age, but also a large number of glass objects from the Baroque to the Biedermeier, including one of the most sought-after amber-coloured brandy bottles as well as paperweights from the US, France, and Bohemia.
127th Art Auction
9 April: OLD MASTERS & 19th-CENTURY PAINTINGS
10 April: ANTIQUES
Exhibition: 4– 10 April 2019
Catalogue order: +43 1 532 42 00 or online