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 Cuno Baron Von Bodenhausen  (1852 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: figure painting

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Baron Cuno von Bodenhausen, German 1852 - ?

Bodenhausen was born in Witzenhausen in the province of Hessen.  He received his art instruction at the Munich Academy where he was a pupil under Wilhelm Lindenschmit.  Of this professor the critic S. Benjamin wrote: “He is inspired by noble thought and high artistic qualities in rendering character, especially in historical compositions.”

In 1877 the artist began to exhibit publicly, becoming known as a figure painter of romantic and sentimental types.  In contrast to his mentor, it was obvious that profound themes and deep meanings were not to be expected from him as we read a critique of his early work:  “Knowing his ability to paint well slender and lithe young women with pretty features, quite unmarked with any particular meaning or character, his only question is the role in which the maiden shall be shown on the new canvas.”

In contrast to this assessment, Munsey’s Magazine, in 1893, presented “Some Modern Types of the Mother,” of which “The Vision” by Bodenhausen was the front piece.  Of this artist’s version they wrote:” The soft infant clings close to its mother, turning its eyes up to hers, and she clasps her hands as though to shield, through time and eternity.”  Thus with the maternity of the Virgin the artist chose to create the highest type of idealized womanhood and translate her into everyday life. 

Biography excerpted from the unpublished catalog by Edward P. Bentley for the Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, titled:  Haussner’s, The Children.


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