Article [ Recorder player and singer] by Johann Georg Trautmann, painter and etcher, 1713-1769

[Recorder player and singer] by Johann Georg Trautmann, 18th century
[Recorder player and singer] by Johann Georg Trautmann, 18th century. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

This is a charming wash drawing of two men seen at half-length. The principal figure is a man in a wide-brimmed hat seen in profile and facing left. He plays a wind instrument that is rather freely drawn by the artist, but it is probably a recorder. The man leans back as he plays the instrument. Though this is a very small work, it has a strong composition which is formed by two opposing diagonals -- the diagonal created by the instrument and the musician's torso, and the diagonal created by a second man who sings in the left background whose face is aligned opposite the bent elbow of the musician. The artist is Johann Georg Trautmann (1713-1769) who was known to have painted scenes of musicians, but was more well-known as a painter of fire-lit night scenes, such as The Fall of Troy, or interiors illuminated only by candlelight.

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Johann Georg Trautmann, painter and etcher, 1713-1769
Johann Georg Trautmann was a German painter and etcher. He was born in Zweibrücken in 1713, and he died at Frankfurt-sur-Main in 1769. He was a student of Ferdinand Bellon in Zweibrücken and, in Frankfurt, he studied with Hugo Schlegel (1679-1737) and Gabriel Kiesewetter (1711-1753). In 1761, he was named painter to the court of the Elector Palatine. According to Bénézit, Trautmann was known especially for his paintings of night scenes lit by fires. Among his works listed in Bénézit are images of musicians -- a bagpiper, a lutenist, a family of singers, and a family of musicians. There are also genre scenes of an inn, soldiers playing cards, or a peasant family at table. Trautmann also painted portraits. Though he is said to have been an etcher, only six etchings by Trautmann are mentioned.

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