ITTENBACH, Franz
(b. 1813, Königswinter, d. 1879, Düsseldorf)

Portrait of Dr. Franz Xavier von Soist

1850
Oil on canvas, 90 x 64 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Franz von Soist was a doctor in Ehrenbreitstein, on the opposite side of the Rhine from Coblenz. He and his wife were most likely members of the local Catholic haute-bourgeoisie, from whom many of Ittenbach's portraits were commissioned.

It can be seen in Dr. von Soist's likeness, Ittenbach was capable of a sophisticated sense of immediacy in his portraiture which almost suggests a sort of German Ingres.