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Carl Goebel the Younger

Lower Belvedere Interiors

22 June 2015 to 01 July 2015
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Due to installation work for the upcoming exhibitions in the rooms of the Lower Belvedere and the Orangery, colour reproductions of works by the Viennese painter Carl Goebel the Younger (1824–1899) are on view in the Marble Gallery from 22 June to 1 July 2015.
Between 1875 and 1889, the artist painted seventeen watercolours of the collection from Ambras Castle, which was then housed at the Lower Belvedere. The collection had been brought to Vienna during the Napoleonic Wars, after Tyrol had been ceded to Bavaria in 1805. The display then comprised not only objects from Ambras, but also works from the imperial collections of Egyptian and antique art. Goebel’s series of watercoloured interiors particularly stands out for its documentary accuracy and impressively evokes the installation of the imperial collections at the Lower Belvedere shortly before they were transferred to the newly opened Kunsthistorisches Museum on the Ringstraße in 1891. Thus Goebel’s works are a unique documentation of the Belvedere palace’s use as a museum in the nineteenth century. Moreover, the sheets eloquently convey an impression of what the rooms looked like at the time, with their original furnishings and decoration. 
Carl Goebel the Younger, a landscapist, genre painter, and portraitist, was born son to the history painter Carl Peter Goebel in Vienna in 1824. He received his first training from his grandfather, the Academy professor and sculptor Joseph Klieber, who taught his grandson at the Academy of Fine Arts at a very early age. In 1838 the young Goebel was awarded the Füger Composition Prize when he was only fourteen years old. Subsequently he continued his education with Joseph Mössmer, Carl Gsellhofer, and Leopold Kupelwieser.
Carl Goebel worked in different countries and at the major courts in Europe. Prince Alexander Schönburg introduced him to Vienna’s noble society as a portraitist. The art of Josef Danhauser, Peter Fendi, and Johann Matthias Ranftl, in whose studio Goebel worked for some time, proved formative for his future career. His local significance lies in the production of topographical views of Vienna and of animal pictures, hunting scenes, landscapes, and genre scenes inspired by Josef Kriehuber.
Starting in the 1850s, the artist undertook study trips to Kiev (1851), Venice, Reggio, and Piacenza (1855), Paris (1860/1861), Hungary and Belgrade, as well as Spain (1864) and North Africa, where he painted not only landscapes, but also genre scenes. From 1855 onwards, Carl Goebel also worked as a portrait lithographer. He died in Vienna in 1899.