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“Inspired in its nonchalance and tenderness”: the artist’s own assessment of this painting even while he was still working on it. It is a lyrical work where there is a close relationship between the individual and the landscape, and where there is also a marked contrast between dreamy absorption and the contemplation of the outside world. The singularity of this relationship becomes clear when one recalls, for example, Caspar David Friedrich’s small figures which are turned away from the viewer as they gaze into the distance. Feuerbach’s figures, on the other hand, occupying the picture plane like stage characters, achieve the same effect. In Feuerbach’s works children, naked like putti and heroic, or, as here, in countrified costumes — in any case always with beautiful, idealized southern looks — represent the purity of an existence close to nature. Soon after this, Feuerbach painted a second version of this composition for Count Schack in Munich, and several similar motifs are found elsewhere in his work.

Details

  • Title: Ricordo di Tivoli
  • Creator: Anselm Feuerbach
  • Date Created: 1866/1867
  • Physical Dimensions: w131.0 x h194.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • original title: Ricordo di Tivoli
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A I 732
  • 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: Anselm Feuerbach was a German painter and a prominent figure of Neoclassicist painting in the German 19th-century school. He started his formal education at the art schools of Düsseldorf and Munich, after which he initially went to Antwerp, serving as an apprentice under Gustave Wappers, and then to Paris, where he was a pupil of Thomas Couture. During this time he was deeply influenced by Gustave Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and other French artists. He also worked in several cities such as Venice, Rome and Vienna, where he studied the works of Michelangelo and Raphael which helped him to develop his individual artistic style. In the beginning, his compositions were of classical design and bore Romantic elements, but he later mainly depicted ancient subjects in soft colours. He is known for such artworks as 'Iphigenia' (1871) and 'The Symposium of Plato' (1873).
  • Artist Place of Death: Venice, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Speyer, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1829-09-12/1880-01-04

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