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Carl Spitzweg

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Nationality  German
Known for  Painter, poet, Artist

Name  Carl Spitzweg
Role  Artist
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Born  February 5, 1808Unterpfaffenhofen
Movement  German Romanticism, Biedermeier
Died  September 23, 1885, Munich, Germany
Artwork  The Bookworm, Resting on the Vine
Periods  Romanticism, German Romanticism

Carl spitzweg

Carl Spitzweg (February 5, 1808 – September 23, 1885) was a German romanticist painter, especially of genre subjects. He is considered to be one of the most important artists of the Biedermeier era.


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Carl Spitzweg: A collection of 78 paintings (HD)

Life and career

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He was born in Unterpfaffenhofen, the second of three sons of Franziska (née Schmutzer) 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, starting out 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.

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Later, Spitzweg visited European art centers in Prague, Venice, Paris, London, and Belgium studying the works of various artists and refining his technique and style. 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 (c. 1865, in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich).

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His paintings inspired the musical comedy Das kleine Hofkonzert by Edmund Nick.

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Playing Piano, an etching by Spitzweg, was found as part of the 2012 Nazi loot discovery.

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Spitzweg is buried in the Alter Südfriedhof in Munich.


In the late 1930s an art forgery case in Germany involved 54 paintings which had been passed off as Spitzweg originals. They had been painted by a Traunstein copyist named Toni who worked from reproductions and picture postcards. Toni signed the works with his own name as "after Spitzweg", but fraudsters later removed his name and artificially aged the paintings in order to sell them as originals. At the Stuttgart Criminal Court Assizes the conspirators were jailed for up to ten years for the swindle.


  • A Woodland Meeting
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Disputing Monks
  • Music-making Hermit before his Rocky Abode
  • Schoolchildren in the Woodland
  • Spanish Serenade
  • The Bookworm
  • The Cactus Friend
  • The Intercepted Love Letter
  • The Mineral-collector in the Grotto
  • The Poor Poet
  • References

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