“Young Woman Portrait”
A fine oil on canvas painting by Otto Erdmann (1834-1905) of a young woman in profile.
Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos.
Frame: Presented in a giltwood frame.
Signature: Lower right.
Provenance: German Private Collection.
Condition: Painting and frame are both in excellent condition with no re-touching visible under a blacklight.
Measurements: Painting measures 29 x 22cm and the overall frame 36 x 29cm.
Biography: Otto Wilhelm Eduard Erdmann (1834 – 1905) was a German genre painter in the Rococo Revival style.
His father was the chemist, Otto Linné Erdmann. He began his artistic education at the Leipziger Akademie and later attended the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, followed by the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where he studied with the genre painter, Ludwig von Hagn. In 1858, he settled in Düsseldorf, where he began to specialize in Rococo Revival paintings, largely set in a light-hearted court environment.
He was a member of the artists’ association, “Malkasten”, and sat on its board of directors for many years. He was also an amateur actor. In 1898, he was awarded the Order of the Red Eagle. In addition to his paintings, he created illustrations; notably for the inaugural edition of the Belgian journal, L’Illustration Européenne in 1870.