Franz Hanfstaengl Lithograph
This is a lithograph of Madame Recamiere, a femme fatale of the Napoleonic Era. It is a copy of an original painting by Jacques Louis David. The litho is marked “Franz Hanfstaengl, Munchen, London, New York. Printed in Munich 1914.” This litho is in the original frame with the original paper backing. There are no identifying marks on the back. The size is 18″ x 16″ framed. I have no idea as to the worth of this item. I purchased it about 25 years ago for twenty two dollars. Everything I have ever read about these types of pictures say to contact the Franz Hanfstaengle Company for values. I suppose they are still in business.
It is said that Mme. Recamiere was the epitome of feminine charm and attraction for the fashionable society of the Bonaparte era, and was pursued by many men including Napoleon himeself. ( For more about this read Maurice Levaillant’s “The Passionate Exiles” copyright 1958 by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, Inc.) Mme. Juliette Recamier was not fond of the original portrait, (which this litho copied), which showed her hair a much lighter color. She resented the rendering of her jet-black hair, of which she was very proud, as light brown. JPA
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