Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

Carl Spitzweg was a German Pharmacist who became a famous artist

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Carl Spitzweg was a German Pharmacist who fell ill shortly after graduating from a Munich University. He used his prolonged period of illness to teach himself how to paint and eventually of the early 19th century Biedermeier period. Many of his paintings depict sharply characterized eccentrics, for example this 1850 painting, The Bookworm…an image of an eccentric elderly man atop a tall ladder, searching for a book in this outrageously tall library, unable to decide which book to take, balancing one choice between his knees, another with his elbows and holding yet two more, one in each hand.

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