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Robert Schumann was a German composer and pianist. He was one of the most famous Romantic composers of the nineteenth century, as well as a famous music critic. An intellectual as well as an aesthete, his music reflects the deeply personal nature of Romanticism. Introspective and often whimsical, his early music was an attempt to break with the tradition of classical forms and structure which he thought too restrictive. Little understood in his lifetime, much of his music is now regarded as daringly original in harmony, rhythm and form. He stands in the front rank of German Romantics.
There are three authentic portraits in existence of Robert Schumann. Portrait #1 was completed by J.J.B. Laurens in 1853. This portrait is a chalk drawing. It was drawn the years before Schumann's attempted suicide. At the time, the artist remarked how abnormally large Schumann's pupils were.
Portrait #2 is a drawing by Eduard Bendemann. The date on this portrait is unknown. Bendemann (1811-1889) was a well-known German artist.
Portrait #1, J.J.B. Laurens, 1853
Portrait #2, Eduard Bendemann, Date Unknown
Portrait #3 is by Josef Kriehuber. The date is unknown. Kriehuber (1800-1876) was an Austrian artist. This portrait is signed by Schumann.
Portrait #3, Josef Kriehuber, Date Unknown
There are also post mortem portraits in existence. The artists responsible for these works are E. Bendemann, Hans Best, and Fritz Rumpf.
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