Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793–1865): Young lady at her

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793–1865): Young lady at her

5/14/2021, 10:07:07 AM
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793–1865): Young lady at her toilette, 1840, oil on panel, 39.5 × 31 cm (15.6 × 12.2 in), Museen der Stadt, Vienna A proponent of realism and exactitude, Waldmüller paints landscapes, genres or portraits without any mythological embellishments, dramatization or other ornamentation. His rigorous realism in the depiction of a society transformed by the upheavals of 1848—aristocrats, bourgeoisie and peasants are featured together in these paintings—his modernity and his keen interest in photography (which played a central role in his life work). Here, in this portrait and genre painting we have a scene of everyday life, celebrating the materialistic values, refinement and elegance of the bourgeoisie of the time.

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