photo: portrait

The Bouvier Sisters (1926). Albert Herter (American, 1871-1950). Oil on masonite.

The Bouviers of East Hampton granted Herter the opportunity to paint their striking twins Maude and Michelle. Herter would take no fee provided he could take the painting on an exhibition tour. Today Maude and Michelle are most often associated with their celebrated and well-loved niece Jacqueline, wife of John F. Kennedy. Herter used soft tones and warm colors contrasted by his trademark turquoise blue to emphasize the red hues of the young sitters’ hair, creating a dreamy interlude for the twins.

Portrait of Karoline Stiffel-Ecalard (1859). Friedrich von Amerling (Austro-Hungarian, 1803-1887). Oil on canvas. 

Amerling created over 1000 works, mostly portraits. He was the most popular portrait painter of the high aristocracy and the large middle class of the Biedermeier period. The years from 1830 to 1850 represent the high point of his work. His style has points of similarity to that of Ingres, combining clarity of outline with rich coloration.