Friedrich Krepp

Portrait Of A Man In Costume

Friedrich Krepp

Portrait Of A Man In Costume

This whimsical mid-19th-century portrait by Austrian artist Friedrich Krepp (1829-c.1872) depicts a bearded gentleman dressed in a style befitting the 1640s. Krepp’s handling is particularly fine. Note the depth in the eyes and the shimmer of moisture on the bottom lid. The outfit, too, feels tangible, you can almost feel its luxurious fabric.

Krepp worked predominantly in Vienna and gained numerous high-profile commissions from the aristocracy. In 1851, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria sat for him. A portrait that would’ve propelled his career. And in 1854, he produced a portrait of Empress Elisabeth.

He also worked in theatrical circles, painting the composer Karl Kleiber, so this gentleman is probably a Viennese actor. 

Signed and held within a splendid gilt frame.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 29” x 34” / 74cm x 87cm
Year of creation: c. 1855
Condition: Artwork presents well. Canvas relined. Minor craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £29,296 achieved for an oil painting in 2001.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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