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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1780-1855) was a German painter and lithographer, known for his flattering portraits of upper-class society and royalty. His paintings of the upper-class became synonymous with fashionable court portraiture. In addition to his court portraits, Winterhalter also created works of art for the French king and queen. His most famous works are his portraits of the empress, queen, and prince.

Winterhalter was born in Menzenschwand, a village in the Black Forest. His parents were Fidel Winterhalter, a resin producer, and Eva Meyer, who was a member of a wealthy, long-established family in the area. The family was peasant, so his parents were farmers. After his father died, Winterhalter was raised by his mother, who was a wealthy widow, and his mother was a well-established woman. His eight siblings were close to him, including his brother Hermann, who became a painter as well.

After his benefactor's death, Winterhalter devoted the rest of his life to painting. He began exhibiting genre paintings in the style of Raphael in France. In 1856, he exhibited portraits of royalty in the cities of Paris and Geneva. His portrait of Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna (1817-1857) is one of his most popular works.

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