Thursday, June 14, 2012

winterhalter

Franz Xaver Winterhalter is one of my favorite painters.  He painted portraits of royalty through the 1800s.  As a designer, I'm so inspired by the way he painted the most delicate clothing details, and how every fabric looks perfectly textured and beautiful.
Winterhalter Portrait of Madame Barbe de Rimsky Korsakov
Portrait of Madame Barbe de Rimsky Korsakov, 1845

Empress Elisabeth of Austria with Diamond Stars on her hair Winterhalter
Elisabeth of Austria with Diamond Stars In Her Hair, 1865
(fun fact:  this gown, designed by Charles Worth, and the diamond stars, were the inspiration for a costume that Emmy Rossum wore in the film version of Phantom of the Opera.)

Princess Elizabeth Troubetskoi Winterhalter
Princess Elizabeth Troubetskoi, 1859
(I love the soft, glow-y lighting in this painting... portrait painters: the original photoshop)

Winterhalter Elisabeth of Bavaria
Elisabeth of Austria, 1865
Have a wonderful day!

11 comments:

  1. What stunning paintings!
    Victoria xx

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  2. These are beautiful. I am a big fan of fashion from the mid to late 1800's, so these are just up my street. I love the softness of the paintings too :) x

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    1. Oh, I loooove that era in fashion too! Have a wonderful day!
      xo Julie

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  3. To brighten your weekend I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :)
    Victoria xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Victoria! That's so sweet of you!

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  4. Hi sweetness,

    I have a little something for you in my latest blog post!

    Lexie x

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    1. Yay, thank you! You're the loveliest!
      xo Julie

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  5. Oh yes! I see what you mean about the fabrics. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing that. :D

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    1. I'm glad you liked them! It's interesting to think of the societal implications of royal portrait painting. The portrait subjects needed to be shown as something more than just people, so their clothing had to look incredibly, unattainably luxurious.

      Have a wonderful afternoon!

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