The Frankfurt landscape artist Louis Eysen also left some portraits. He was a member of the circle that gathered around Wilhelm Leibl; in 1869–70 he was in Paris with Leibl. For Eysen, Courbet’s landscape painting was a revelation, but as a portraitist it would seem that Degas was his main inspiration. In Edgar Degas’ portraits, sitters are also seen at extremely close quarters from a slightly raised viewpoint, and his portraits would appear to have been similarly cropped, with the sitter off-center as though this were pure chance. Yet the figure is firmly secured in her setting by the linear structure of the composition.


  • Title: The Artist's Mother
  • Creator: Louis Eysen
  • Date Created: around 1877
  • Physical Dimensions: w42.0 x h54.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A I 707
  • 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
  • Artist biography: Louis Eyden was a German painter. He started his artistic apprenticeship with Andreas Simonis and took private lessons under Friedrich Karl Hausmann as well as learning woodcut printmaking from Andreas Stix. During one of his many travels to Munich he met the painter Victor Müller. In 1869 he went to Paris where he came into contact with the portraitist Léon Bonnat who became his master. It was due to his influence that Eysen started to concentrate on portraits. After being exposed to works by Leibl and Courbet he also drew inspiration from landscapes. In 1874 he travelled to Florence and Rome and stayed in Italy for a time. He exhibited at the Academy of Arts in Berlin in 1888 and in 1895 in Munich. Eysen preferred small formats for his compositions and mainly created landscape paintings and portraits. Among his best known artworks are 'Summer Landscape' (1876) and 'The Mother of the Artist' (1877).
  • Artist Place of Death: Munich, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Manchester, United Kingdom

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