Portrait of Carl Ludwig Elias 7 1/4 by Lovis Corinth

Oil, 1899.

Portrait of Carl Ludwig Elias 7 1/4

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Original Title :
Bildnis Carl Ludwig Elias 7 1/4
Year of production :
Lovis Corinth
Medium :
Oil painting
Oil paint, Canvas
Dimensions :
height: 68.5 cms; width: 54.5 cms
Credit Line :
Purchased from Mrs B Levy with MGC/V&A Purchase Grant Fund assistance
Associated Groups :
Berliner Secession
Portrait, Corinth, Children

Carl Ludwig Elias was the son of the distinguished art critic, Dr Julius Elias, who did much to promote a true understanding of French Impressionism in Germany. He was a lawyer in Berlin and emigrated to Norway when the Nazis came to power. He was subsequently captured and died in a concentration camp.

The boy’s dignified composure is in keeping with the setting; an imposing carved chair with red tassles which dominates the background. The intensity of his gaze is highlighted by the careful depiction of the head and features offset by the free handling of the rest of the composition.

V & A Purchase Grant Fund

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