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Exhibition May 12, 2021 − February 27, 2022

Better days? Waldmüller and the Viennese Biedermeier period

Upper Belvedere Gallery, Vienna hosts an exhibition "Better days? Waldmüller and the Viennese Biedermeier period ".

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the paintings of Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Friedrich von Amerling, Rosalia Amon, Josef Danhauser, Thomas Ender, Peter Fendi, Pauline Koudelka-Schmerling, Karl Schindler, Franz Steinfeld, Adalbert Stifter and other representatives of the Austrian movement in the early 19th century century.

After the French Revolution, the reign of Napoleon and social upheavals, the main focus in art was on everyday life, the family part. This became the starting point for a new style: the Viennese Biedermeier. The seeming idyll of the private has become the dominant ideal. The idea of family life more and more penetrated into art. Salon culture flourished. At this time, family portraits, penetration into the world of calm home comfort, or images of flowers became popular in the visual arts. The native landscape as a place of identification has become a popular motif. However, even during this period, art was not completely uncritical: upon closer examination, the images of supposedly contemplative or touching scenes turn into their opposite. Poverty and social exclusion are "hidden" themes in Biedermeier painting.

Based on site materials Gallery Upper Belvedere, Vienna.