Art ➔ Painting, Portrait of Wenzel Herkner
An oil painting on paper framed behind vintage glass with possible pastel highlights on paper. On the paper backing the sitter is identified as "Wenzel Herkner/Father of Joseph Herkner/DonorGlenn Warner (a relative of the man pictured) 521 Broadway N.W. Grand Rapids, Mich." Donated 1956.
The portrait is a 3/4 right profile bust view of a man with unruly hair parted in the middle wearing a black-colored frock coat with wide lapels and a stock or cravat-type neckpiece.
Mr. Wenzel Herkner (Birth 28 Sep 1791 in Austria Death 24 Sep 1833 in Kratzau Bohemia Austria) was the father of Joseph W. Herkner of Grand Rapids who was himself the father of Joseph Carl Herkner a Grand Rapids jewelry store owner.
As Wenzel Herkner was deceased (1833) at the time Joseph W. Herkner settled in Grand Rapids with his family in 1849, it is probable that this portrait was brought with them from their native homeland Austria.
On the paper backing the sitter is identified as "Wenzel Herkner/Father of Joseph Herkner/DonorGlen Warner (a relative of the man pictured) 521 Broadway N.W. Grand Rapids, Mich." Donated 1956.
April 3 2014
Wooden gold-metal leafed ornamented frame, vintage glass, paper support, oil paint
17 1/4" h 13 1/4" w ; 24 1/4" h 20 1/4" w
Current Location Status:
Gift of Glen Warner
Warner, GlenJames A. StraubJames A. Straub was a Collections department volunteer and Collection Committee Member at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, offering his services as an art historian. Among his many life accomplishments were his family, and serving in the United States Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam. His list of achievements include 27 years as Detective Lieutenant from the Kent County Sheriff's Department, Original Catalogue Director of the Mathias Alten Catalogue Raisonne, and providing significant contributions to the book, Mathias Alten: Journey of an American Painter.
Jim was honored to have been appointed by Gov. Milliken to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners and by the GR mayor to the GR Historical Commission. Additionally, Jim served as President of the Command Officers Bargaining Unit at the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Vice President of the GR Historical Society. Along with his dedicated service to GRPM Jim was also a member of the Board of Kent County Employees Credit Union, the Kent County Pension Board, the Art Advisory Committee for Butterworth Hospital, the Acquisitions Committee at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the GVSU Gordon Gallery Advisory Committee.