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Moritz von Schwind
 
 

Moritz von Schwind, c. 1860
 
 
Moritz von Schwind, (born Jan. 21, 1804, Vienna, Austria—died Feb. 8, 1871, Munich, Ger.), Austrian-born German painter who was a leading early Romantic portrayer of an idealized Austria and Germany—of knights, castles, and the provincial charm of his own time.

Schwind was something of a bohemian in his youth. He joined the composer Franz Schubert’s circle of friends, roomed with him for a while, and painted the composer and his piano soirees. Like Schubert, he was neglected in his native city. Often in arrears, he once painted a signboard for a coffee house to settle his debts there.

After a fit of despair, and with the encouragement of the painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Schwind moved in 1828 to Munich, where his work quickly fetched high prices. In 1847 he became a professor at the Munich Academy, painting a set of historical cartoons for the famed Wartburg Castle and a triptych for the Church of Our Lady at Munich. His travels abroad were followed by a commission to paint the windows of the Glasgow Cathedral.

Schwind is best known, however, for his pictures of honeymooners, leave-takers, musing wanderers, and the like. In these, sentimentality is tempered by genuine lyricism, sturdy craftsmanship, and a flair for precise detail.

Schwind’s closing years brought more commissions than he could handle; but this period was blighted by failing vision and by the sorrows of the Franco-German War, in which two of his nephews died in a single day.

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Farewell at Dawn
1859
Oil on cardboard, 36 x 24 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin




A Player with a Hermit
c. 1846
Oil on cardboard, 61 x 46 cn
Neue Pinakothek, Munich




Early Morning
1858
Oil on canvas, 34 x 40 cm
Sammlung Schack, Munich




A Symphony
1852
Oil on canvas, 169 x 100 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich




A Symphony (detail)




A Symphony (detail)




A Symphony (detail)




 


The Dream of Erwin von Steinbach
1822
Pen and pencil on paper, 300 x 220 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich

 
 
 
 

Sabina von Steinbach
 
 
 
 

Die Rose
 
 
 
 

Aschenbroedels Aufbruch zum Ball
 
 
 
 

Abenteuer des Malers Joseph Binder
 
 
 
 

Apparition in the Woods
 
 
 
 

Der gestiefelte Kater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the artist's house, c. 1860
 
 
 
 

Ruebezahl
 
 
 
 

Des Knaben Wunderhorn
 
 
 
 

Die Landpartie
 
 
 
 

Ritter Kurts Brautfahrt
 
 
 
 

Weiber von Weinsberg
 
 
 
 

Der Gestiefelte Kater
 
 
 
 

Frau Mosthaff
 
 
 
 

Selene and Endymion
 
 
 
 

Wartburg Saengerwettstreit
 
 
 
 

The Dream of the Prisoner
 
 
 
 

Apparition in the forest
 
 
 
 

Honey moon, 1867.
 
 
 

 
 
 
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