Franz von Lenbach Paintings
Lily Merk, 1902
Oil on canvas, 48.03 x 40.35 inches [122 x 102.5 cm]
Museen der Stadt Aachen, Suermondt-Museum, Aachen
Lenbach himself attributed his initial attraction to portraiture to his keen ability to observe and analyze anatomical forms. In 1897 Lenbach told Wilhelm Wyl, one of his biographers:
Even then I noticed that I had uncommonly little imagination and could remember only one thing: the organic logic of nature, if I may be allowed to put it that way. I could see, for instance, how a specific person's ear emerged out of his head and once I had seen that, it stuck with me as an organic inevitability and it appeared before my eyes whenever I thought of it.