Cuno Amiet - Bildnis der Josefine Kaiser - Munzinger, 1907
Oil on canvas
61 x 55 cm
In Cuno Amiet's oeuvre, portraits and portraits take on a very special significance. His home in Oschwand was at times an important meeting place for artists, patrons and art dealers from all over Switzerland and abroad. Many of these visitors can be found in the numerous Amiet portraits. Many of these portraits were shown in 2018 in the exhibition Cuno Amiet - Retrospective on his 150th anniversary, but not the Bildnis der Josefine Kaiser - Munzinger, which was later included to our gallerys collection. Although not dated by Amiet, it is stylistically estimated to be an early 20th century piece.
Amiet depicted Josefine in symmetrical frontality, with her crown, brooch and necklace forming a vertical axis that reinforces this impression of symmetry and frontality. Her dark dress contrasts with the colourful background. A dense foliage with scattered red flowers grows into an almost ordered pattern. The garden appears like a wallpaper and gives the whole painting an abstract character.