Saturday, April 21, 2012



Carl Spitzweg was a German romanticist painter and poet. He is considered to be one of the most important artists of the Biedermeier era. He was born in Unterpfaffenhofen in 1808 as the second of three sons of Franziska and Simon Spitzweg. His father, a wealthy merchant, had Carl trained as a pharmacist. He attained his qualification from the University of Munich, but while recovering from an illness he also took up painting. Spitzweg was self-taught as an artist, and began by copying the works of Flemish masters. He contributed his first work to satiric magazines. Upon receiving an inheritance in 1833, he was able to dedicate himself to painting. Later, Spitzweg visited European art centers, studying the works of various artists and refining his technique and style; he visited Prague, Venice, Paris, London, and Belgium. His later paintings and drawings are often humorous genre works. Many of his paintings depict sharply characterized eccentrics, for example The Bookworm (1850) and The Hypochondriac. He died in 1885 and is buried in Munich at the old south cemetery.
One of my priced possessions is a replica of one of his most famous paintings, "The Cactus Friend". It is painted in Oil and was a "Paint by number" project done by my beloved OPA, so that's why it is so extra special to me. I think he did an awesome job and I absolutely adore it.
The original
My Grandfather's painting as it hangs in my Dinning room


Inger said...

It is so nice to have something to treasure like your painting. I never heard of this artist, but I love the painting.

Pearson Report said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Opa and to the well known German artist, Carl Spitzweg.

Great "S" post.

Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Journaling Woman said...

thanks for showing me someone I didn't know of.


Tracy said...

Tina, what a great work of art on both accounts! and the one your grandfather painted is a heart treasure!