Franz Seraph von Lenbach
About The Artist
Born in 1836, Franz von Lenbach was a German painter widely known for his portraits of prominent personalities from the nobility, the arts, and industry.
His rich Venetian technique combined with his solid, respectful characterization appealed greatly to the prosperous ruling classes of Germany. This, in addition to his personal standing in society, which led to his nickname „Prince of Painters,“ allowed him to develop a reserved but close friendship with Otto von Bismarck, of whom he painted over 100 portraits.