Post by Qamra Post by Kelly and Sandy
I am learning keyboard piece by piece from the Well-Tempered
Clavier books. Right now I am starting Prelude 6 of book 2.
I remember coming across on the web, a portrait drawing of Bach
done by one of his sons. I've looked and looked, but I can't seem
to find that picture again. It seems to me to be the only picture
I've seen that sees him intimately and captures a true likeness.
Does anyone know of the drawing I'm talking about?
I think it would help in learning to play the prelude
properly. (Everyone seems to play it far too fast!)
As I'm visually impaired, I don't know much about portraits. :-) But because
nobody has replied to your question so far, I decided to do so. If you go to
you will find a link "portraits" and there you find quite a few portraits
which may or may not be of Bach. Maybe the one you are looking for is there
Hope this will help.
Thank you. I've discovered that it's the something-pastel, ah yes,
the "Meiningen" Pastel I saw. The version I first discovered on the web
was greytones, so I thought it was a drawing in charcoals.
By (one of his cousins?) Gottlieb Freidrich Bach (1714-1785), done
possibly circa 1741, when Bach was 56, and Gottlieb Freidrich was 27,
already with a painting trade and career.
Yes, it's done when not a teenager, and is an intimate pastel
drawing of a family member, from life. A good likeness, because they
have a unspoken strongly felt connection. And it's the real Bach. The
artist, the poetic genius. Definitely he who wrote the second book of
the Well-Tempered Clavier. The other paintings are fine and yak-yak,
and all that but they're done by those days' "portrait photographers"
and frankly they stink. The Hausmann paintings are a well-executed and
professionally done representation of a public persona. Pretty hack
work, but no doubt accoladed and very lucrative. A bit like Handel,
Thank God I don't have to think of the Hausmann portrait anymore!
With kind regards,
Sandy Anderson <***@alma-services.abel.co.uk>
Where there is no vision, the people perish.