Works by our Unixplorian artists deserve a special place here at Creativum. In a way, our artists are why we are here, why we continue to exhibit and share our love for the arts.
Please enjoy and find inspiration from these very talented artists!
(N.B. we define "sculptures" rather widely. Anything that isn't a painting or a drawing falls into this category.)
Carl Spitzweg (February 5, 1808 – September 23, 1885) was a German romanticist painter, mainly of genre subjects. He is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the Biedermeier era.
Spitzweg was born in Unterpfaffenhofen, near Munich, Bavaria, 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 took up painting.
Spitzweg was self-taught as an artist, starting 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. 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).
His paintings inspired the musical comedy Das Kleine Hofkonzert by Edmund Nick.
An etching by Spitzweg entitled Playing Piano was found as part of the Munich Art Hoard.
Spitzweg is buried in the Alter Südfriedhof in Munich.