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Saint George

Hans von Marées1880 - 1882

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

During the last years of his life, Marées worked simultaneously on four monumental three-part paintings. One of these, formerly in the Nationalgalerie, has been lost since 1945; the three others are owned by the Neue Pinakothek in Munich. The Three Riders is the only one of the four that recalls the religious origins of the triptych, with its depictions of St. Martin, St. Hubert, and St. George, showing three forms of virtue. The picture in the Nationalgalerie is the one remaining wing of a first version of this work. By slaying the drag on, the Roman soldier George liberated a town whose residents then had themselves baptized to express their gratitude. Marées, who had been trained in Berlin and Munich as an equestrian and military artist, considered that the horse on the first version of the triptych was “rather like a rocking horse” — perhaps referring to the almost abstract play of the diagonal lines, and the strict, relief-like plasticity of the rider, who seems to glow against the evening landscape with the intense colors of a stained glass window. In a small er work in the Nationalgalerie, Marées painted the dragon- slayer with his own features.

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  • Title: Saint George
  • Creator: Hans von Marées
  • Date Created: 1880 - 1882
  • Physical Dimensions: w105.0 x h180.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil and tempera on wood
  • Inv.-No.: A I 1024/12
  • 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 / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bernd Kuhnert
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Acquired 1907, gift of Adolf von Hildebrand
  • Artist biography: Hans von Marées was a German painter, drawer and printmaker. In 1854 he became a pupil of Carl Steffeck at the Berlin Art Academy. After his military service he went to Munich in 1857. Two years later, he visited France, the Netherlands and Spain. The journey consolidated his style which was strongly influenced by Eugène Delacroix. After having served in the Franco-Prussian War he took up residence in Berlin and Dresden. The most important commission he received was to create frescoes for the Zoological Station in Naples. Most of his compositions depict country scenes, painted in a realistic style.
  • Artist Place of Death: Rome, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Eberfeld, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1837-12-24/1887-06-05

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