Anton Klamroth (Moscow 1860 – 1929 Leipzig)
Pastel and watercolour on paper.
25 x 20cm. (10 x 8 in. apprx) Period frame.
Biography: A pastel and watercolourist, he
was born on the 29th of April 1860, in Moscow, the son of a German conductor
of the Imperial Opera. In 1882 he moved to the Technical University
in Charlotenberg to study architecture, but instead he dedicated his
time to the study of painting. In 1883, he then went to the Berlin Academy.
He first exhibited there in 1887 - A Portrait of a Woman. In 1888 he
became an independent artist in Berlin. In 1890-1892 he spent some time
in Meiningen, where he made numerous portraits of Military Officers;
apart from trips to Paris 1894, Holland in 1909, Belgium and Egypt in
1905, Klamroth lived permanently in Leipzig from 1892; he was well respected
there amongst his contemporaries and he became highly sought after.
Apart from genre, and allegorical images, landscapes and architecture,
he mainly executed portraits in pastel, watercolour or chalk and sometimes
in oil. From 1897 onwards, he sent these works to the Paris Salon, to
the Berlin Kunstausst, to the Munich Glass Palace and the Leipzig Kunst;
his skill and sensitive handling, won him many admirers and commissions
amongst the intellectual elite of Leipzig. He was a member of the Society
of Beaux Arts, and a member the Deutcha Kunst. He went on to found a
painting and drawing school for ladies and in 1913 the Kunst in Gotha
organised an exhibition accompanied with a catalogue featuring 78 of
his works. These were bought by Duke Carl Edward Von Saschen-Coburg
of Gotha and became part of the Castle Collection. Our pastel is alleged
to have come from this collection. Other works by his hand, are kept
in the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, in the Museum of the City of
Leipzig and in the Jahn-Museum in Fryburg. Anton Klamroth died in 1929