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View from a Window

Nikolaus Moreau, Blick aus einem Fenster des Dianabades in Wien
1830; Oil on canvas, 15½ in. x 13½ in.

I love the underappreciated Biedermeier, whether in art or literature, and this is a very Biedermeier painting.

The painter’s father, Charles de Moreau, was an architect – indeed he designed the very building that the son depicts here. As it happens, the painting now hangs in the Wien Museum am Karlsplatz, across from the main building of the Imperial & Royal Polytechnic Institute (now the Vienna University of Technology) which his father also designed.

Nikolaus painted this scene when he was twenty five, and he died just four years later not having reached his thirtieth year.

This post was published on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 1:30 pm. It has been categorised under Art and been tagged under , , .
20 Jan 2016 8:56 pm

I like the way the pictures are grouped, not least because only recently I re-arranged my own in a similar way in my dining room.
The church seen out of the window and across the Wiener Danube is undoubtedly Maria am Gestade. It is somewhat out of the way, but all visitors to Vienna should visit it to see something of what little of beauty and significance remains of the medieval city.

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