Genre & Material
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The self-portrait was created after Marees finished the most important order of his life: He took over the frescos deisgn, financed by his patron and culturist philosopher Konrad Fiedler, at the Zoo station in Italy’s Naples. The fresco counts as one of the most influential works of art in the 19. Century. Apparently Marees was obsessed with the self-destructive pursuit of perfection. He would often paint pictures over and over again. He was no easy going person. Julius Meier-Graefe, an art historian says: “In this image with the yellow hat, the furious crease in his forehead, Fiedler’s favourite picture, one can recognize a sanguine person, who was considered by his friends as strenuous”.