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108
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
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80,000120,000
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108
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
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Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

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Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
VIENNE 1793 - 1865 HINTERBRÜHL, ECOLE AUTRICHIENNE
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Signed and dated lower right Waldmüller 1830 ; Bears a label on the back inscribed by the artist 137 Waldmüller, Der belohnte Fleiss, Eigenth. S[einer] [ka]iserl. Hoheit des ...[H]errn Erzh. Franz Karl
Oil on panel
34 x 28,7 cm ; 13 ½ by 11 ¼ in.
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Provenance

Archduke Franz Karl of Austria and his wife Archduchess Sophie, Princess of Bavaria, parents of Kaiser Franz Josef I (by 1865) ;
Probably Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, brother of Kaiser Franz Josef and father of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este ;
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (by 1898), heir to the throne, married to Countess Sophie Chotek von Chotkowa und Wognin, Duchess of Hohenberg ;
Duke Max of Hohenberg ;
Purchased from the above by Antal Post de Bekessy in 2010 ;
Thence by descent

Exhibited

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Österreichischer Kunstverein, Vienna, 1865, no. 5 ;
Jubiläums Kunst-Ausstellung, Theill II, 50 Jahre österreichische Malerei, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, 1898, no. 77 ;
F. G. Waldmüller - Eine Auswahl von Sittenbildern, Gallery Martin Suppan, Vienna, 1999

Literature

Bruno Grimschitz, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Salzburg, 1957, p. 300, no. 271, illustrated ;
Rupert Feuchtmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793 - 1865, Leben, Schriften, Werke, Vienna, 1996, p. 447, no. 297, illustrated ;
Martin Suppan, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller: Sittenmalerei im Zeitspiegel; Waldmüllers Einfluss auf die Wiener Genremalerie des Biedermeier, Vienna, 1999,  pp. 25-31, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1830 the present work is the second version in oil of this subject. Waldmüller first explored the theme in 1828 in both oil and watercolour (Feuchtmüller, op. cit., nos. 248 & 249). In his catalogue raisonné, Feuchtmüller mistook the first oil version for the present work.

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is one of Waldmüller's earliest paintings of figures in a landscape, for which he later became so renowned.  Having begun his career as a portraitist and copying the Dutch Masters to hone his skills, by the late 1827 he began to focus on the life and traditions of Austria's rural communities, blending naturalism and idealism into his own inimitable style. Compared to his contemporaries, the Romantics Caspar David Friedrich and Joseph Anton Koch, whose landscapes are expressions of the sublime, dwarfing all human staffage, Waldmüller's are altogether more gemütlich (i.e. intimate), putting the figures and narrative at the forefront.

Here, a proud mother in festive local costume runs the blind grandfather's hand over the medal while the boy, his writing slate, book, and quill under his arm, already has his eye on the pastry being held out to him by his grandmother. His father and mother look proudly on. The setting appears to be a valley near Pernitz, to the south west of Vienna, the peak in the background the Schneeberg. Despite the minute attention to verisimilitude – each expression is lovingly captured, the topography recognisable – Waldmüller remained faithful to the tenets of academic teaching, the staged, pyramidal structure of the figures harking back to Leonardo, Raphael, and the Renaissance masters.  

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