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Lot No. 216 -


Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller


(Vienna 1793-1865 Hinterbrühl) The Farewell, signed, dated Waldmüller 1859, oil on wood, 42 x 52,5 cm, cracks forming, framed, (Rei)

Provenance: Propyläen-Kunsthandlung Berlin;
private ownership Salzburg;
Kunsthandel Reinhold Hofstätter.

Illustrated and indexed in:
Bruno Grimschitz, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg 1957, p. 359, no. 902, Fig. table 118; Rupert Feuchtmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1713-1865, Leben - Schriften - Werke, Verlag Christian Brandstätter, Vienna-Munich 1996, p. 516, no.983.

copy of expert opinion by Dr. Bruno Grimschitz of 5 February 1957 available.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Waldmüller was born in 1793 as the only child of the servant Georg Waldmüller and his wife Maria Elisabeth. Defying the wishes of his mother, he left his parental home at the tender age of fourteen to attend the Academy in Vienna, where he remained from 1807 to 1813. During this period he studied under Johann Baptist Lampi and others.
Waldmüller initially earned his keep as a portrait painter and miniaturist. He was appointed drawing teacher at the municipal theatre in Agram (Zagreb) in 1811, where he met the woman who later became his wife, the court opera singer Katharina Weidner.
Initially the couple lived in various cities like Baden, Brno and Prague, but in 1817 they settled in Vienna, which Waldmüller made his permanent home – with the exception of occasional journeys, preferably to Italy. In 1818, Waldmüller took lessons from Johann Nepomuk Schödlberger and, inspired by his teacher, focused on nature studies and landscape painting. Nevertheless, he remained most successful in portrait painting, as confirmed by an 1822 exhibition in St. Anna. 
He was appointed curator of the Academy’s Painting Collection in 1829, also teaching the “rudiments of painting” in his capacity as professor. He undertook his first trip to Paris in 1830, and from then on – inspired by the artworks he encountered there – focused strongly on landscape painting. The following years saw him produce landscapes depicting the Salzkammergut region where he sojourned in summer, and the Prater in Vienna. He was appointed to the Academy Council in 1835.
Yet even at the height of his career, around the mid-1830s, Waldmüller became increasingly embroiled in a conflict with the Academy, which accused him of teaching private lessons using methods devoid of academic merit, stating furthermore that “painting what one sees in nature is irreconcilable with the practice of teaching at the Academy.”
Chancellor Metternich supported and protected Waldmüller, but was ultimately unable to prevent the rejection of his reform proposals, which led initially to him losing his studio in the Academy in 1850.
Waldmüller married Anna Bayer, younger than him by 33 years, in 1851. Waldmüller found himself in a perilous financial situation, despite his resounding achievements abroad, for instance during the World Fair in Paris or an exhibition in Buckingham Palace in London. He published another pamphlet in 1857, even calling for the closure of the Academy. Waldmüller was suspended as a result, and forced into retirement with half his former salary, although Emperor Franz Joseph intervened mercifully in 1864, and his income was restored to its normal level.
One of the most important Austrian painters of the 19th century, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, died in 1865 at the age of 72.
(Lit. Rupert Feuchtmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Vienna 1996; Gerbert Frodl/Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Wiener Biedermeier, Munich 1992)

Specialist: Mag. Dimitra Reimüller Mag. Dimitra Reimüller
+43-1-515 60-355

19c.paintings@dorotheum.at

12.09.2016 - 17:00

Realized price: **
EUR 203,411.-
Estimate:
EUR 150,000.- to EUR 200,000.-

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller


(Vienna 1793-1865 Hinterbrühl) The Farewell, signed, dated Waldmüller 1859, oil on wood, 42 x 52,5 cm, cracks forming, framed, (Rei)

Provenance: Propyläen-Kunsthandlung Berlin;
private ownership Salzburg;
Kunsthandel Reinhold Hofstätter.

Illustrated and indexed in:
Bruno Grimschitz, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Verlag Galerie Welz, Salzburg 1957, p. 359, no. 902, Fig. table 118; Rupert Feuchtmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1713-1865, Leben - Schriften - Werke, Verlag Christian Brandstätter, Vienna-Munich 1996, p. 516, no.983.

copy of expert opinion by Dr. Bruno Grimschitz of 5 February 1957 available.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Waldmüller was born in 1793 as the only child of the servant Georg Waldmüller and his wife Maria Elisabeth. Defying the wishes of his mother, he left his parental home at the tender age of fourteen to attend the Academy in Vienna, where he remained from 1807 to 1813. During this period he studied under Johann Baptist Lampi and others.
Waldmüller initially earned his keep as a portrait painter and miniaturist. He was appointed drawing teacher at the municipal theatre in Agram (Zagreb) in 1811, where he met the woman who later became his wife, the court opera singer Katharina Weidner.
Initially the couple lived in various cities like Baden, Brno and Prague, but in 1817 they settled in Vienna, which Waldmüller made his permanent home – with the exception of occasional journeys, preferably to Italy. In 1818, Waldmüller took lessons from Johann Nepomuk Schödlberger and, inspired by his teacher, focused on nature studies and landscape painting. Nevertheless, he remained most successful in portrait painting, as confirmed by an 1822 exhibition in St. Anna. 
He was appointed curator of the Academy’s Painting Collection in 1829, also teaching the “rudiments of painting” in his capacity as professor. He undertook his first trip to Paris in 1830, and from then on – inspired by the artworks he encountered there – focused strongly on landscape painting. The following years saw him produce landscapes depicting the Salzkammergut region where he sojourned in summer, and the Prater in Vienna. He was appointed to the Academy Council in 1835.
Yet even at the height of his career, around the mid-1830s, Waldmüller became increasingly embroiled in a conflict with the Academy, which accused him of teaching private lessons using methods devoid of academic merit, stating furthermore that “painting what one sees in nature is irreconcilable with the practice of teaching at the Academy.”
Chancellor Metternich supported and protected Waldmüller, but was ultimately unable to prevent the rejection of his reform proposals, which led initially to him losing his studio in the Academy in 1850.
Waldmüller married Anna Bayer, younger than him by 33 years, in 1851. Waldmüller found himself in a perilous financial situation, despite his resounding achievements abroad, for instance during the World Fair in Paris or an exhibition in Buckingham Palace in London. He published another pamphlet in 1857, even calling for the closure of the Academy. Waldmüller was suspended as a result, and forced into retirement with half his former salary, although Emperor Franz Joseph intervened mercifully in 1864, and his income was restored to its normal level.
One of the most important Austrian painters of the 19th century, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, died in 1865 at the age of 72.
(Lit. Rupert Feuchtmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Vienna 1996; Gerbert Frodl/Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Wiener Biedermeier, Munich 1992)

Specialist: Mag. Dimitra Reimüller Mag. Dimitra Reimüller
+43-1-515 60-355

19c.paintings@dorotheum.at


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Auction: Castle Schwallenbach - Collection Reinhold Hofstätter (1927- 2013)
Date: 12.09.2016 - 17:00
Location: Vienna | Palais Dorotheum
Exhibition: 03.09. - 12.09.2016


** Purchase price incl. charges and taxes (Country of delivery: Austria)

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