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 Hermann Kern - Austrian (Liptovsky Hradok 1838-1912 Maria Enzersdorf) 

Title: "Over the map" 

Signed l.l. Kern H. 

Very decorative and original circa 1900 original frame. 

Size: 23" x 17" with frame 34" x 28" 

Provenance:Property from Private Collection, Chicago 

Estimate:$5,000-7,000 Similar painting SOLD in Christie's NY for $6,875. 

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 About Artist: Hermann Armin von Kern (14 March 1838 – 18 January 1912) was an academic painter, one of the most popular Austrian genre painters of his time and a court painter at the court of Franz Josef I in Vienna. 

Born of a noble von Kern family in Liptóújvár, now Liptovský Hrádok, Slovakia, son of a famous doctor of medicine, Benjamin von Kern, who recognized his exceptional talent at an early age and paid for his education, he began his artistic training at the age of 16 in Levoča under Theo Böhm. He went to Prague in 1854, where he studied under J.B. Klemens, and then attended the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he was instructed by C. Rahl. In 1867 he studied in Düsseldorf, and in 1870 he studied under Karl von Piloty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he befriended Franz von Defregger.


He worked initially in Budapest as a portrait and genre painter. Later, he moved to Paris, and in 1877 he moved to Vienna, and lived there with his large family (his wife Paulina and 10 children) as an emperor Franz Joseph I Court Painter until his death in 1912 in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria.

Hermann Armin von Kern specialized in portraits and genre scenes. The latter often depicted children at play, music making gypsies, tavern scenes, and single persons. In 1885 he painted the ceiling decoration of the Szeged Theatre.

Being a very good pianist he often made music with his friend, the composer Franz Liszt. Three of his children became professional musicians (piano, cello, violin), and his daughter Pauline von Kern (1878–1939), also was an academic painter, painted mainly portraits and landscapes.

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Hermann Kern - Austrian (1838-1912)

Estimate $3,000 - $5,000Dec 8, 2018