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Karl Spitzweg

Exhibition February 29 − August 2, 2020
Karl Spitzweg- German painter, draftsman and illustrator, one of the brightest representatives of the Biedermeier style.

In the 30s and 40s of the 19th century, he worked as a draftsman and illustrator for satirical magazines, for example, for “Flying Leaves” (“Fliegende Blätter”). The paintings created by him during this period are ironic in depicting an urban idyll, the life of a petty burgher. These works indicate a great talent for observing the features of human nature, have a clear composition and display of the play of light and shadow, as in the Dutch genre artists of the XVII century. In the late 40s, Spitsweg made a series of trips abroad, including to Prague, Paris and London, where he discovers the landscape painting of John Constable, as well as the work of Eugene Delacroix and artists of the Barbizon school. From this moment, landscape painting begins to play a large role in the artist's work.