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Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

09 June 2009 to 11 October 2009
Lower BelvedereBelvedere

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1793 – 1865) was one of the most important Austrian painters of
the Biedermeier period. Whether it was the conquest of the landscape and thus the convincing
rendering of closeness or distance, the accurate characterisation of the human face, the detailed
and refined description of textures, or the depiction of rural everyday life: his works – brilliant,
explanatory, moralising, and socially critical – influenced a whole generation of artists. Being an
advocate of natural observation and plein air painting, as well as a critic of academic painting,
Waldmüller was far ahead of his time.
The Belvedere accommodates the Waldmüller Archive and owns the most comprehensive
collections of his works worldwide. In this retrospective, comprising some 120 works, masterpieces
from the Belvedere’s holdings will be complemented by loans from national and international
collections. Several paintings that were thought to be lost will be presented to the public for the
first time.
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Musée du Louvre, Paris and was presented
there with a selection of around 40 works in spring 2009. The show is accompanied by a