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R. Von Marientreu 1902-91 Oil Portrait Lady 1945

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We are pleased to offer this stunning. Oil Portrait of a Beautiful Lady by the Polish/British artist Richard Von Marientreu, which is signed by him in the lower right hand corner as shown, and inscribed London 1945. This portrait was purchased from auction with another attributed to this artist with similar colour palette. which we have already sold. The portrait depicts a head and shoulders portrait of a beautiful lady. with her light brown hair falling to her shoulders in the style of the 1940s. She is wearing a black dress made of chiffon or similar gauzy material. The artist has a predilection for green in the background of his female portraits, as shown here. Sadly, there is no clue as to her identity, either on the stretcher or on the back of the original frame, but the artist was a society portrait painter and painted many notables and members of the landed gentry, as you will see from his biography below.

Richard von Marientreu was born in Grodek on 15th August, 1902, in what is now Poland (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Ryszard Richard Schneider Edler von Marientreu’s father was Austrian military governor for the area. Although von Marientreu (pronounced Marientroy) wanted to be a painter, he was sent to the military school in Cracow, then the academy in Vienna to continue his training. In 1918, while serving in the Austrian Army, he was badly wounded and had two years in hospital. Against the wishes of his family, von Marientreu left for Vienna and later Prague to study for four years at the Academy of Painting. In 1925 his professor engaged him to paint large frescoes in the cloisters of the Church of Maria Schein, near Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. He was discovered and brought to England in 1933 by his early patron Marie Ludlow-Symons. In the 1939 Register, he is listed as living in Lidford, near Bordon in Hampshire, with the widowed Marie Ludlow-Symons, his patron.
Although when he arrived in London in 1933 he could not speak English, introductions to fashionable society soon launched him on a career as a portrait painter. He exhibited at the London Portrait Gallery in 1939. There followed a string of exhibitions in England and abroad. His 1953 exhibition at the RWS Galleries showed three aspects of von Marientreu’s output: War canvases and drawings of people in air-raid shelters his large, powerful and romantic canvases dealing with ancient and mythological themes and his portraits of notables. These – always painted by an immaculate von Marientreu clad in a Savile Row suit – included King George V, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, The Princess Royal in 1955L the Duke of Edinburgh and Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

He married Marion Coutts Milne 1901-1988 in 1964, He had studios at 54 Bedford Gardens, London W.8., Campden Hill and, latterly at The Studio House, 47 Westfields Avenue, Barnes, London SW13, which is possibly the address where he died, as it is definitely the address where his wife died three years earlier, discovered from probate records of her will.

Von Marientreu died in the district of Wandsworth, possibly in Barnes, London in the second quarter of 1991.. He had been naturalized a British citizen in 1947.

There are 5 of his paintings in the National Collection,, which may be viewed at

The painting is framed in its original pierced and swept gilt frame. It will be supplied with new brass hangers, new brass picture wire and will be ready to hang..

Image size: 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches - 59.65cm x 49.5cm

Frame size: 30 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches - 76.85cm x 66.7cm

Medium: Oils on canvas

Condition: Very good. There is no damage or craquelure and the canvas is clean and taut. The original frame is in very good condition.
£595.00  UK
$759.34  USA
702.58  EU
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Category Antique Pictures / Engravings / Art > Antique Oil Paintings Date 1945  1940s Antiques Material Oil Painting on Canvas Origin English Item code as237a2444 Status For Sale

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