In works — both poetic and accessible — which the artist himself referred to as “occasional poems,” Schwind liked to record episodes from his own life. He also described this series of small idylls as “Travel Pictures.” Scenes, like this one of his departure from Vienna thirty years before, are concentrated into a lyrical image. Here, the painting achieves its timeless relevance by the telling way it captures that decisive moment of the traveller looking back and forwards at the same time.


  • Title: Farewell at Dawn
  • Creator: Moritz von Schwind
  • Date Created: 1859
  • Physical Dimensions: w24.0 x h36.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on cardboard
  • Inv.-No.: A I 678
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist biography: Moritz von Schwind was an Austrian painter whose first contact with painting was in Munich when he met the painter Julius Schnorr in 1828. In 1834 he received the commission for the wall decorations of King Ludwig’s palace, depicting works of the poet Tieck. During his life he often painted poetic themes such as ""Cupid and Psyche"" in Leipzig or ""Seven Ravens"" (1857) from Grimm’s fairy stories. His art was influenced by Peter von Cornelius. Together with Carl Spitzweg he is considered one of the most significant artists of late Romanticism. He also created several book illustrations. One of his well known paintings is ""The Honeymoon"" or ""Hochzeitsreise"" (1867).
  • Artist Place of Death: Niederpöcking, Austria
  • Artist Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria
  • Artist Dates: 1804-01-21/1871-02-08

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