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Ferdinand Schmutzer: Joseph Joachim (ca. 1904)


Bildnis Ferdinand Schmutzer (1870-1928)

Ferdinand Schmutzer
(1870 — 1928)
Photo: Irene Messner
Austrian National Library Picture Archive
Black and white glass negative
Inv. No. LSCH 1457-C

Ferdinand Schmutzer (*1870 — †1928) was one of the most celebrated Viennese portraitists. His great-grandfather, Jacob Mathäus Schmutzer, founded the k.k. Kupferstecher-Academie (the Imperial and Royal Academy of Copperplate Engraving) in 1766, which later became part of the Akademie der bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Vienna. His preoccupation with etching derived from a sojourn in the Netherlands, where he became influenced by the works of Rembrandt. He joined the Vienna Secession in 1901, and became a professor at the Akademie in 1908. Among his works are portraits of Casals, Einstein, Freud, Goldmark, Leschetizky, Arnold Rosé, Arthur Schnitzler, Richard Strauss, and Emperor Franz Joseph.

Ferdinand Schmutzer

Ferdinand Schmutzer in his Studio, August 11, 1911
Photo: Madame d’Ora Atelier
Austrian National Library Picture Archive
Black and white glass negative
Inv. No. 204728-C


Schmutzer based his etchings on photographs that he took of his subjects. Beside being works of fine art, they are also interesting historical documents. This is a sketch for the large portrait of the Joachim Quartet.

Schmutzer

Available from New York Public Library:

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Schmutzer 2

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Photograph reverse in the negative, preparatory for etching.

Austrian National Library Picture Archive
Black and white glass negative
Inv. No. LSCH 0130


Bildnis Joseph Joachim (1831-1907)

Austrian National Library Picture Archive
Black and white glass negative
Inv. No. LSCH 0001C 


Bildnis Joseph Joachim (1831-1907)

Austrian National Library Picture Archive
Black and white glass negative
Inv. No. LSCH 0003-C


Bildnis Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) mit Violine

Austrian National Library Picture Archive
Black and white glass negative
Inv. No. LSCH 0126-C


 The Joachim Quartet (1904)

Schmutzer Joachim Quartet

Ferdinand Schmutzer (1870-1928) The Joachim Quartet. Etching. 134 x 94 cm, 33.50″ h x 47.5 “w. Robert Hausmann, cello, Josef Joachim, 1st violin, Emanuel Wirth, viola and Karl Halir, 2nd violin. One of 8 states. Musik im Bild, plate No. 50, Weixlgartner:” Das Radierte Werk v. Ferdinand Schmutzer 1896-1921″, no. 77 and p. VI, VIII; Thieme-B. XXX, 184. Signed “Ferd. Schmutzer 1904” in the plate and “Ferd. Schmutzer” in black crayon. Sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck Music Antiquarians, NY.


A reproduction of Schmutzer’s etching appeared in the Illustrated London News two days after Joachim’s death:

Illustrated London News

[Illustrated London News, Issue 3565 (August 17, 1907), p. 223]