Oehlefeld – Vogel, Bernhard (Nuremberg 1683 – Augsburg 1737). Johann Noa Buirette of Oehlefeld (1682-1728) on Wilhelmsdorff, in Nuremberg. b: … d: … Pointing at Wilhelmsdorf Castle. Richly draped half-length portrait with crowned coat of arms with lowered extinguishing torches. Engraving after Georges Desmarées (des Marées; Gimo [Uppland/Sweden] 1697 – Munich 1776). Inscribed: Georg De Marees pinxit. / Bernardus Vogel Sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 19⅞ × 13⅝ in (50.5 × 34.5 cm).
Mortzfeld A 3135; Diepenbroick 4099; Le Blanc 8; Nagler 68. – Main sheet of Vogel’s from his period in Augsburg in evenly fine impression with white margin on 1.3-1.5 cm around. – The same-sized mezzotint portrait of Anna Buirette v. Oehlefeldt (1704-1728), unknown to Nagler and Le Blanc, available here.
“ (O)utstanding especially by his use of colors …
(Desmarées) is regarded as the most important portrait painter of German rococo ”
(Laurentius Koch in Neue Deutsche Biographie XVI , pp. 143 ff. [online version]).
“ 1710-24 apprenticeship and assistant in Stockholm with Martin van Meytens I from whom he acquired the international style of portraits, guided by Hyacinthe Rigaud and Nicolas de Largillière … 1724 a study tour induced by the Swedish court lead D. via Amsterdam (studies of Netherlandish painters, i. a. Rembrandt) to Nuremberg where he … met Johann Kupezky. 1725 D. travels via Augsburg, Munich and Innsbruck with a stopover in Rome to Venice … 1727/28 again in Nuremberg, then Augsburg. In both cities he created numerous portraits of patricians, which mostly survived in engravings only … The tonal values of the material qualities and the direction of light occasionally show almost impressionistic traits and remain mostly unmatched by contemporaries … The full extent of D.s œuvre can hardly be assessed since much in Southern German private estate has not been researched yet … Beside Antoine Pesne and Louis de Silvestre D. belongs to the typical foreign court painters, but takes a leading position particularly acknowledged by contemp. literature ”
(id. in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon XXVI , p. 393).
Offer no. 16,204 / EUR 370. / export price EUR 352. (c. US$ 426.) + shipping
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