Schaeffer von Wienwald, August (1833 Vienna 1916). Wood Mood. The edge of a forest with water marked by wind damages. Etching printed in brown. (1885.) Inscribed in etched typography in the platemark: “Waldstimmung.” / Aug. Schaeffer rad. / Alle Rechte vorbehalten. / Eigenthum & Verlag der Wiener Künstlergenossenschaft. / Druck der Gesellschaft f. vervielf. Kunst in Wien. 9⅝ × 12⅛ in (24.5 × 30.8 cm).
Published by the Society for Reproducing Arts in Vienna as internationally focussed spearhead for the experiments of the artists of Symbolism, Expressionism, and the Secession. – On toned strong laid paper. – In the wide white margin faint foxing.
“ 1852-56 (Schaeffer) studied landscape painting with F. Steinfeld at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. From 1857 S. travelled Germany, France, Belgium, and Italy … S. cultivated a romantically elevated conception of landscape tending to clichéd late Biedermeier as it is characteristic, too, for Steinfeld’s other pupils, as the zenith of which the set of murals in the Museum of Natural History can be regarded. Only the late work from 1900 shows tendencies towards a moderated plain air painting. However, S.’s prominence is less founded in his work as conventional painter much esteemed by his contemporaries, but in his nearly 20 years of his not undisputed work as director of the picture gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts. Under his direction conservational aspects were considered and institutionalized for the first time, so e. g. by creating the commission for restoration, likewise by the appointment of art historians the gallery was established as scientific institute ”
(M. Haja in Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950, vol. 10 , p. 24).
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