01 Painting, The amorous game, Hans Buchner's The Ace of Hearts, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Hans Buchner, German, 1856 - 1941
The Ace of Hearts
Oil on canvas
22¼ by 27 in.; 56.5 by 68.5 cm
Private collection

Hans Buchner, 1856 - 1941, was born in Germany in 1856. Buchner enjoyed painting from an early age and it is probable that he studied in Paris, although he spent most of his life in Munich. Buchner, along with esteemed contemporaries such as Reggianini, Ricci and Soulacroix, focused on portraying images of the sheer luxury of the previous century. Taste and elegance were keynotes in the pictorial reinterpretation of the age and conversation pieces such as this example were an ideal vehicle for showing elegant figures in sumptuous surroundings. In this painting, Buchner dwells lovingly on the richness of texture in the lady's dress, the upholstery and wall coverings. The furniture is depicted in all its magnificence and the coquettish pose of the young lady is both attractive and intriguing. More on Hans Buchner

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