Old elms in Prater | Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller | 1831

Old elms in Prater | Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller | 1831

Old elms in Prater | Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller | 1831

Waldmüller studies painting in Vienna and is educated in the style known as Biedermeier, a term applied to bourgeois art in the German Europe between 1815 and 1848. He specializes in portraits and even the composer Ludwig van Beethoven poses for him.

However, the artist is admired for the landscapes of his later work. Waldmüller believed that art should base in a close study of nature and that’s why his paintings are meticulous and detailed. Despite his intentions, this need of objectivity made him to argue with the Vienna Academy of Art, who believed in idealizing nature. After some clashes, the artist gets fired from his position of painting professor but he continues to paint without the support of the school.

Old elms in Prater is a landscape of a public park in Vienna. The scene is luminous and the elm trees, irregular, curved and without bark at their base, make the spectator curious. Personally I think that the work was painted close to midday for two reasons. On one hand, the light is clear and powerful; on the other, knowing that shadows are less during midday, we see the trees and we notice that their shadows are very close to them. But maybe, all of the above is very technical: the painting, although doesn’t arouse deep emotions, is still nice and relaxing.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on November 18, 2010.

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