Ernst Kielwein

Self Portrait At Table

Ernst Kielwein

Self Portrait At Table

This late 19th-century oil painting by Ernst Kielwein (1864-1902) depicts the artist seated at a table.

Gazing apprehensively through thinned-rimmed spectacles, presumably towards the mirror he’s using to analyse his image, he clutches his palette and brushes. It’s a gentle portrayal of a humble character. One who worked diligently in the shadow of the old masters, having studied the finest works extensively at The Louvre in Paris.

Known predominantly for landscapes and scenes, his careful renderings quietly glow, as if he’s somehow captured the very feeling he was overcome by when he first looked upon the hallowed walls of the famous French Museum.

Here, in this rare self-portrait, he presents himself so humbly that we catch a glimpse of his reclusive spirit. And like many of the greatest artists of the last five centuries, often it’s their humility that catalysed their skill.

Signed/dated lower left and held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on wood
Overall size: 8½” x 12” / 22cm x 30cm
Year of creation: c. 1895
Labels & Inscriptions: Inscribed on reverse.
Provenance: Private collection, Germany.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.

Ernst Kielwein

Ernst Kielwein

Ernst Kielwein was an accomplished German artist working predominantly in oils. He trained at the Academy in Stuttgart and furthered his skills by studying the old masters during a two-year stay in Paris. His younger brother Adolf Kielwein (1869-1962 ) was also a painter.

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Conservation & History

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