SHEPHERD W & K GALLERIES European Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture
KRAFFT, Julie   1821 - 1903
19th Century
Austrian School

PORTRAIT OF TWO YOUNG WOMEN AT A WINDOW FACING A LAKE, MOUNTAINS AND SAILBOAT, 1840, 1840

Dimensions: 7” x 7 1/8” (17.8 x 18.1 cm)

Signed and dated at lower right: Julie 26/8/840. On verso inscribed in a modern hand: Mappe 2 (folder 2).
Julie Krafft was born in Vienna into a family of artists. Her grandfather, Ignatius Peter Krafft, was an enamel painter from Alsace who, in 1799, moved to Vienna with his son Peter. Peter Krafft, Julie’s father, became an accomplished history painter, and his brother Joseph a miniaturist. All three of Peter’s children, Albrecht, Julie, and Marie, worked as portrait painters.
After the death of her first husband, an archivist, Julie married Ferdinand Ritter von Litzelhofen. Her social status, together with the fact that she was a woman, might have prevented her from exhibiting her work, except in the grand Historical Exhibition in Vienna in 1877.
The artist was eighteen years old when she painted the present watercolor. Her sister Marie, also an artist, was nine years older. It is possible, that the two women in the picture are the two sisters.
The view in the present double portrait suggests an Italian coast. The same two sitters as in the previous drawing seem to be waiting in anticipation of the boat appearing on the horizon.
Provenance:
Descendants of the artist