Carl Spitzweg (1808 - 1885) German Painter of Biedermeier era
Carl Spitzweg, a German romanticist painter, came from well to do middle class circumstances and originally worked as a pharmacist. He is considered as one of the most important representatives of the Biedermeier era.
Thanks to his established position in society and an inheritance, he could follow his real calling and dedicate himself entirely to painting. Spitzweg was a self-taught artist, however he insisted on acknowledgement as a professional artist. In 1868 the painter was named honorary member of the Munich Art Academy. Spitzweg sold around 400 paintings during his lifetime.
For the most part Spitzweg's small-format genre paintings show untroubled small town life or country idylls with an ironic, yet kind-hearted accent.