(1836 Schröbenhausen - 1904 Munich) Portrait of an older lady, representative, approximately life-size portrait as a bust. The self-assured posing lady in a black, high-collared dress facing a landscape background. Stylistically, Lenbach stands between realism and a moderate impressionism, which is particularly evident in the treatment of the background. Trained at the Munich Academy, the painter became a sought-after portraitist of the nobility, bourgeoisie, and important personalities from politics, society, science, and culture from 1868 onwards. Not least among them was Chancellor Otto Fürst von Bismarck, for whom he created over 80 portraits from 1874 to 1897. In doing so, he also shaped the general image of the Chancellor in the public eye. His artistic role models were Peter Paul Rubens and Titian, whom he considered to be the best able to capture the individual personality while simultaneously representing it in the image. Due to his outstanding social position and lifestyle, he advanced to become a painter prince par excellence in Munich. Oil on canvas; signed in the background; 118 cm x 86 cm. Framed.