Attributed to Johann Baptist Reiter (Austrian; 1813 – 1890)
Untitled (portrait of a boy), late 19th century
Oil painting on canvas
Artist’s name attribution inscribed to canvas and stretcher versos
Presented in a carved wood Cassetta style frame
Mr. William and Company gallery label and artist bio affixed to verso paper
Johan Baptist Reiter was an Austrian artist of the Biedermeier period, known for his portraits and genre paintings. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna where he was taught by Leopold Kupelwieser (1796-1862) and Thomas Ender (1793-1875). Early on, he earned much of his living as a porcelain painter, then developed his skills in genre and history paintings. Reiter eventually turned to portraiture which helped developed his reputation as an artist. His work can be found in private collections and various museums throughout Austria and Hungary. In 2013, the Schlossmuseum Linz and the Nordico Stadtmuseum organized a retrospective that included over 170 of Reiter’s works.
- heavy craquelure to paint; discoloration and high gloss to thick varnish layer; stretcher marks to canvas; patched hole repair to lower center, with additional puncture and dent to canvas at center right and .5" tear with paint loss over subject’s right ear; overpainting throughout, noted filling lost paint chips to upper right and concentrated to lower left; accretion throughout; wear to frame; tears to paper backing.
- measures frame; visible work 13" W x 17" H.