Johann Christian Klengel (Germany, 1751-1824) oil on board bucolic landscape painting depicting a young shepherdess reclining in a field, surrounded by cows and a large tree in the late afternoon. Ink inscription reading "Klengel John. Cristof. 1751-1824 monogkamirt Schiller von Dietrich Dresden" with red wax seal, en verso of board. Inscribed "Klengel" with illegible number, paper gallery or auction label with German Confederation coat of arms, en verso of frame. Housed in a period carved giltwood frame. Sight – 9 1/4" H x 6 3/4" W. Framed – 14 3/8" H x 12 1/4" W. Late 18th/early 19th century. Biography: Johann Klengel studied drawing as a youth at the Kunstakademie. He later studied privately with painter and etcher Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, who introduced him to landscape painting. During his summer stays in Kesselsdorf, he created realistic animal studies as well as stable and courtyard interiors. He was appointed member of the Academy in Dresden in 1777 and exhibited annually. He also studied in Italy, painting ancient ruins and nature but also street children, beggars and peasants. He also taught landscape painting to pupils including Johann Sebastian Bach the Younger, Traugott Faber and Christoph Nathe. Klengel's works are represented in many major German collections. (adapted from Askart) CONDITION: Overall good condition with few areas of paint loss, largest 1/4" to board. Bloom to varnish along right side of board. Traces of tape residue to back of board. Board is loose in frame. Areas of loss to frame.
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