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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.

Date:

1828

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 221

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

Title

The Actor Maximilian Korn in a Landscape

Place

Austria (Artist's nationality:)

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1828

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: Waldmüller 1828

Dimensions

31.5 × 26 cm (12 3/8 × 10 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Jane B. Gidwitz

Reference Number

2003.118

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