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Study of a Grieving Prince

circa 1791
18th century
16.51 cm x 10.16 cm (6 1/2 in. x 4 in.)

Martin Johann Schmidt, called Kremser-Schmidt (Grafenwörth, Austria, 1718 - 1801, Stein, Austria) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Oil on paper, incised for transfer
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.1191

Kremser-Schmidt was the leading painter of religious works in lower Austria. He was also the most capable and prolific etcher of the period in Central Europe. This drawing was the preparatory study for an etching of Louis XVI, king of France, taking leave of his family, which included the Hapsburg queen, Marie Antoinette. This figure corresponds in reverse to that of his grieving young son in the right foreground of the composition

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