Portrait of a Lady by FEDOR ENCKE (1851-1926)

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Framed oil on canvas

Object Literature

PORTRAIT OF A LADY WEARING
A BURGUNDY VELVET DRESS HOLDING A PINK ROSE

FEDOR ENCKE

1851-1926
Signed & inscribed New York

Oil on canvas 85 ¾ x 50 ¼ inches
Framed size 103 x 67 ¼ inches

Fedor Encke was born in Berlin, Germany in 1851.Younger brother of Erdmann Encke who was a sculptor. Encke was the illegitimate grandson of King Frederick Wilhelm II of Prussia and Mistress Wilhelmine Encke, Countess of Lichtenau.
Fedor studied under Karl Gussow in Berlin and then went on to study in Rome and Paris.
Although he set up a studio in Berlin during the 1880’s, he seems to have travelled regularly between Paris and New York painting many American Society sitters, including President Theodore Roosevelt.
Encke was in Paris in 1902 and painted the two banking giants, John H. Harjes and J.P. Morgan both having their portraits painted at the same time.
To try and finish Morgan’s painting Encke hired a young photographer named Edward Steichen to take Morgan’s picture as a kind of aid memoir to minimize the sitting time. This photograph and the painting that resulted from it caused a considerable stir because of the uncompromising pose of Morgan.
The portrait became synonymous with the new capitalism.

Fedor Encke died in 1926.

Works in Museums: National Portrait Gallery America; Smithsonian; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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