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Hidden treasures of the collection

The sixth presentation

Since November 2016 the Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz' has shown works of art from its collection, which despite their indisputable quality have not been on public display for a considerable time. The reasons for their absence are partly in order to ensure their conservation, and partly the result of the limited space available. Now these otherwise hidden gems can be discovered at leisure in a special individual presentation. Accompanied by additional events such as talks and special guided tours, the works of art can be examined from all perspectives and discussed. Representatives from a wide range of professions will be invited so that the discussion can extend far beyond the usual art historical field.  

The last presentation in the series on "Hidden Treasures in the Collection" revolves around the prestigious portrait of Captain François Laurent Lange, 1830-48. For many years, the painting was attributed to famous French painter Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), yet its authorship was time and again questioned. Details of the military uniform shown, as well as the surviving inscription on the back of the canvas, which reads "Capitaine au 33e d'Infanterie, né à Senlis (Oise), en 1786, le 21 7bre", date the piece to shortly after Géricault's death. The strong-willed countenance of the elderly infantry officer is illuminated unsparingly in front of a dark background painted in broad brush strokes. The intense play of light and shadow, as well as the noticeably strong color contrasts emphasize this imposing figure's unwavering steel. The captain does not flinch in looking the viewer straight in the eye from a slightly elevated standpoint, and as a symbol of a man striving for power has clenched his right hand to form a fist. Both this psychologizing description, as well as the dynamic handling of the paint, which is very thick in some places, attest to the artist's masterful skills - he or she may have belonged to Géricault's circle.

Exhibition duration: March 8 - June 3, 2018

French Master, Captain François Laurent Lange, around 1830–48<br /> Oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm<br /> Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz’, Winterthur
French Master, Captain François Laurent Lange, around 1830–48,Oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm, Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz’, Winterthur

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