Notes on German Culture

Spitzweg painted scenes that make us appreciate the beauty of nature and our everyday life

Carl Spitzweg painted this image, “Der Maler” (The Artist). It portrays a young artist taking a break from painting and day dreaming under a tree. Spitzweg painted scenes like this one that portrayed normal activities in a way that makes us stop and appreciate the beauty of nature and our everyday life.

The Artist, 1850

Its no surprise that Spitzweg (1808–1885) is classified as a romanticist painter and one of the most important artists of the Biedermeier era. But, when he was a young man, his father, a wealthy merchant, insisted that Carl learn to be a pharmacist. He dutifully graduated as a Pharmacist from the University of Munich, but while recovering from an illness he also took up painting. He began by copying the works of Flemish masters and then proceeded to teach himself to become a true artist. To earn money he contributed his first works to satiric magazines.

Upon receiving an inheritance at age 25 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)

The Bookworm (1850)


2 thoughts on “Spitzweg painted scenes that make us appreciate the beauty of nature and our everyday life”

  1. Edsimoneit! You are a man after my own heart! Thank you for preserving these memories and images! OUR history is so very valuable. Thank you for emphasis on Ostprussia! This is where my people are from.. Insel Rügen… Meine Herz Brent fur die Heimat…..


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