Angelika Kauffmann. New in the collection
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On the occasion of a generous donation of important works by Angelika Kauffmann, the Graubünden Art Museum is dedicating an extended collection presentation to this artist.
Angelika Kauffmann (1741–1807) was the most important European artist of her time and is now highly regarded as an outstanding painter between Classicism and Romanticism. She was born in Chur, worked mainly in Italy and England and died in Rome. It is represented in the most important collections of major museums. At the Bündner Kunstmuseum, her works have been the brilliant prelude to the collection for some time now: the proud self-portrait, in which Angelika Kauffmann shows herself as a self-confident artist, is one of her best-known paintings. The Three Singers testify to their lifelong affinity for music as well as their ability to reproduce diverse content with differentiated pictorial means. And the grieving Telemach makes it clear that Angelika Kauffmann takes many of her material from literature and how she expresses fine psychological moments in it.
Thanks to a donation, this important collection focus in the Bündner Kunstmuseum can now be further expanded: The generous donor, Dr. Johannes Fulda from Maienfeld and Kilchberg, has compiled an outstanding group of works over several decades, which he transfers to the Bündner Kunstmuseum and thus makes accessible to the public. These include a second version of the mourning Telemach (a third version is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York), but also particularly high-quality and carefully executed pairs of pictures with the grieving Penelope or personifications of beauty. The figures mourning love are among Angelika Kauffmann's most popular motifs. In symbolic representations, she has found her own iconography that characterizes the image of an entire epoch.
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