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Prater Landscape

Prater Landscape

c. 1831
(Austrian, 1793–1865)
Framed: 37.5 x 43.5 x 5.5 cm (14 3/4 x 17 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 25 x 31 cm (9 13/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Waldmüller, best remembered as one of the most important Austrian landscape painters, financed his early training by painting candy pictures and portrait miniatures, teaching children, and designing theater sets.

Description

In this depiction of the Prater, a large public garden in Vienna, Austria, a man sits beside a tree in the left foreground. Brilliant sunlight floods into the park illuminating a multitude of trees, their leaves rendered with fine detail. Although celebrated for his portraits, Waldmüller also produced closely observed landscapes and often visited the Prater to paint the majestic oak trees. He was forced to retire from his position as a professor at the Vienna Academy for rejecting doctrines of idealized, moralizing art in favor of truth to nature based on direct observation.
  • 1865?
    Herr von Beer
    ?
    (Kunsthandlung Arnot, Vienna)
    By 1930
    Private collection, Vienna
    Until 1937
    Fritz Nathan, sold to Dr. Tobler
    1937-
    Dr. Tobler
    By 1943 - by 1945
    Baron Robert von Hirsch [1883-1977], Basel, sold to Dr. Fritz Nathan
    By 1945
    Dr. Fritz Nathan, St. Gallen, sold to a Swiss private collector
    By 1957
    Private collection, Zurich
    Until 1983
    (Galerie Nathan, Zürich, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1983-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Feuchtmüller, Rupert. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865: Leben, Schriften, Werke. Wien: C. Brandstätter, 1996.
    Feuchtmüller, Rupert. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865: Leben, Schriften, Werke. Wien: C. Brandstätter, 1996.
    Künstlerbund Hagen. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller: Jänner-März 1930, in den Räumen des Hagenbundes. [Wien]: [Kunstlerbund Hagen], 1930.
    Johannes Nathan, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, Feb. 24, 2015, in CMA curatorial file.
    Johannes Nathan, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, Feb. 26, 2015, in CMA curatorial file.
    Johannes Nathan, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, Feb. 24, 2015, in CMA curatorial file.
    Tania Lehmann, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, Feb. 18, 2015, in CMA curatorial file.
    Feuchtmüller, Rupert. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865: Leben, Schriften, Werke. Wien: C. Brandstätter, 1996.
    Galerie Nathan, invoice, Nov. 30, 1983, in CMA curatorial file.
    Sören Schmeling, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, March 29, 2016, in CMA curatorial file.
    Feuchtmüller, Rupert. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865: Leben, Schriften, Werke. Wien: C. Brandstätter, 1996.
    Peter Nathan, letter to Sherman Lee, May 27, 1983, in CMA curatorial file.
    Galerie Nathan, invoice, Nov. 30, 1983, in CMA curatorial file.
    Feuchtmüller, Rupert. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865: Leben, Schriften, Werke. Wien: C. Brandstätter, 1996.
    Grimschitz, Bruno. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. Salzburg: Galerie Welz, 1957.
    Peter Nathan, letter to Sherman Lee, May 27, 1983, in CMA curatorial file.
    Galerie Nathan, invoice, Nov. 30, 1983, in CMA curatorial file.
    Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, 1793-1865. [Katalog zur Gedächtnis-Ausstellung Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Salzburg, Residenz, 15. Juni bis 15. September 1953. Salzburg: Galerie Welz, 1953.
    Galerie Nathan, invoice, Nov. 30, 1983, in CMA curatorial file.
    Grimschitz, Bruno. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. Salzburg, Austria: Galerie Welz, 1957. Reproduced: pl. 5
    Lurie, Ann Tzeutschler. “Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller in the Cleveland Museum of Art: Portrait of Crescentia, Countess Zichy (later Countess Széchenyi) with a Parrot and a Camellia in a Mountainous Landscape.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 81, no. 1 (1994): 3-17. Mentioned: p. 3, 15 www.jstor.org
    Lurie, Ann Tzeutschler. “Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller in the Cleveland Museum of Art: Prater Landscape.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 81, no. 1 (1994): 18-23. Reproduced: p. 18, 21; Mentioned: p. 18-23 www.jstor.org
    Argencourt, Louise d', and Roger Diederen. Catalogue of Paintings. Pt. 4. European Paintings of the 19th Century. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1974. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 639-640, Vol. II, no. 224
    Robinson, William. “Nature Transformed.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 61, no. 1 (Winter 2021): 27. Reproduced and Mentioned: P. 27.
  • The Year in Review for 1983. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 22-April 8, 1984).
    Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).
    Vienna, Oesterreichischer Kunstverein. Katalog der Ausstellung von Kunstwerken des Malers und Professors der k. k. Akademie, Ferdinand G. Waldmüller. 169. Ausstellung (1865), no. 67.
    Vienna, Hagenbund. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (1930), no. 32, Praterbäume, Privatbesitz Wien (repr.).
    Basel, Kunsthalle. Kunstwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus Basler Privatbesitz (1943), no. 66, Praterlandschaft.
    Salzburg, Residenz. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865 (1953), no. 36, Praterbäume (early 1830s), private collection, Switzerland.
    Winterthur, Kunstmuseum. Europäische Meister 1790-1910 (1955), no. 212, Praterbäume, Schweizer Privatbesitz.
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