Like many of Schwind’s other “picture novellas,” The Rose tells the story of a romanticized Middle Ages, of German woods and birdsong and of unfulfilled dreams of love. “The hero,” wrote the painter, “is the last musician, a man with lofty ideas” and yet “a ruined genius.” The viewer can guess what longing will be awakened by the dropped rose. Disillusion was a central theme in Schwind’s work.


  • Title: The Rose, or the Artist's Journey
  • Creator: Moritz von Schwind
  • Date Created: 1846/47
  • Physical Dimensions: w134.0 x h216.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A I 110
  • 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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