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The Actor Maximilian Korn in a Landscape

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Austrian, 1793-1865

About this artwork

This portrait’s sitter, a famous Viennese actor named Maximilian Korn, poses elegantly in fine garments with his finger holding his place in a book, as if he has just been interrupted while reading. Artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, no stranger to the theater himself, honed his skill as a painter by copying well-known works in Dresden, Rome, and Vienna while on tour with his wife, Katharina Weidner, a successful opera singer. Here, Waldmüller updated the traditional Renaissance portrait with a landscape background by integrating the sitter into his organic surroundings: Korn leans on a mossy rock and basks in the same sunlight that illuminates the distant mountains.


On View, Gallery 221


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller


The Actor Maximilian Korn in a Landscape


Austria (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed lower right: Waldmüller 1828


31.5 × 26 cm (12 3/8 × 10 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Jane B. Gidwitz

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