Lea Reinhart (1877-1970)
Still Life, Bust of Emperor Joseph II n.d.
oil on canvas
23.5 x 23 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1939
Born 1877 Bruenn, Austria. Died 1970 Vienna.
Lea Reinhart was an Austrian still life and genre painter. She was a pupil of Tina Blau, an Australian landscape painter who helped found the Viennese Art Academy for women. After finishing her studies, Reinhart travelled to the Far East. She exhibited at the Artists´ Union Exhibition in Vienna in 1925, where the she was awarded the Albrecht Durer Silver Medal. The next year she received the Gold Medal and in 1927 was awarded theCity of Vienna's Prize of Honours.
Reinhart's specialisation as a miniature painter is apparent in the exquisite details of the textiles and lace in this small still life. The image is rich with detail and texture, and features a statuette bust under a glass dome of Emperor , who was Holy Roman Emperor from 1705 until he died from smallpox in 1711. He was elder brother to Charles VI, king of Spain. There is a brass teapot behind and an ornate floral print fabric used as a backdrop. On the tablecloth is a green glass and gilt basket from which spills a string of beads, a pink and gold floral dish and a cut glass tumbler.