Hans Makart
(Austrian, 1840 - 1884)
Self Portrait
by Hans Makart

Son of a chamberlain at Mirabell castle. After a short study at the Academy in Vienna he was educated by Karl Theodor von Piloty in Munich (1860-1865) and travelled to London, Paris and Rome to study. He returned to Vienna after the prince Von Hohenlohe provided him with an old foundy at the Gusshausstrasse 25 to use as a studio. He gradually turned it into an impressive place full of sculptures, flowers, musical instruments, requisites and jewellery that he used to create classical settings for his portraits, mainly of women. Eventually his studio looked like a salon and became a social meeting point in Vienna. Cosima Wagner described it as a "wonder of decoritive beauty, a sublime lumber-room". Makart became famous for his richly coloured history paintings and enjoyed his finest hour in 1879 with his painting of the procession in honour of the silver anniversary of the marriage of emperor Francis Joseph and his wife Elisabeth (better known as Sissi). In the same year he became a Professor at the Academy. Makart also designed furniture and interiors. In 1882 emperor Francis Joseph orderded to build the Villa Hermes at Lainz (near Vienna) for his empress and the bedroom decoration should be inspired on Shakespeares Midsummernight´s Dream. Makart designed a fascinating dreamworld that still exists at the Villa Hermes as a large painting (1882). Unfortunately his design was never executed after his early death in 1884. His collection of antics and art consisted of 1083 pieces and was put up for auction by art-dealer H.O. Miethke.

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Name:Hans Makart
Dates:1840 - 1884
Self Portraits
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Österreichische Galerie Belvedere - Vienna(Austria - Vienna)12 artworks
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Private collection6 artworks
Kunsthistorisches Museum(Austria - Vienna)1 artworks
Neue Pinakothek - Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen(Germany - Munich)1 artworks
Musée d'Unterlinden(France - Colmar)1 artworks
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY(United States - New York)1 artworks
Musée d'Orsay(France - Paris)1 artworks
Princeton University Art Museum(United States - Princeton, New Jersey)1 artworks
Neue Galerie - Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel(Germany - Kassel)1 artworks

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