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Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). River Landscape with the Risen Moon. On the bank and in the boats fishermen as well as in the middle distance two unrigged boats with sprit rig. Front right village properties dominated by large windmill. Left and in the background silhouettes of towns. Etching. Inscribed: 3 (inverse) / Dessiné et gravé par Weirotter. 3½ × 8 in (9 × 20.3 cm).

Franz Edmund Weirotter, River Landscape with Risen Moon

Nagler 16, 3. – Sheet 3 of the 6-sheet set of the “Six différantes vues d’après nature”, dedicated to the painter, miniaturist, draughtsman, and etcher Jean Antoine de Peters (1725 Cologne 1795) active in Paris. Since a several years’ stay in Brussels Peters, on friendly terms with Wille, Grand-Maître de l’Ordre Teutonique, and ennobled about 1763 by Louis XV, was court painter of Charles Alexander de Lorraine et de Bar, governor of the Low Countries, and – since 1768/69 – of Christian VII of Denmark. – On sturdy laid paper. – Atmospherically especially moody river and moonlight landscape scenery.

With Weirotter the landscape etching experienced a fine culmination and in 1766 Schmutzer, then director of the Vienna Academy, recommended Maria Theresa the appointment to the academy of the still young artist to take over the landscape subject there. According to Schmutzer’s report for the empress the artist in his mid-thirties made

“ with his etched landscapes

which were bought readily in England , the Netherlands , and Germany

4-5000 . annually ”.

The suggestion was accepted immediately by the Privy Council, because Weirotter otherwise “already has a call to Saxony in hands”. But at his much too early death “his complete artistic bequest found no market in Vienna; it left to Paris. Connoisseurs and friends of his sheets

had to pay dearly for impressions of individual sheets …

As etcher Weirotter ranks with the most eminent artists … ”

(ADB XLI [1896], 520 f.),

having “developed a truly astonishing activity on both the fields assigned to him (in Vienna), the landscape drawing and the etching,

and given impetuses influencing still today ”

(Thieme-Becker XXXV [1942], 309, quoting Carl von Lützow).

His whole ability is reflected by the works after own invention as here. His admiration with the contemporaries follows from letters by and to Wille as the German Pope of Art residing in Paris. So Winckelmann on occasion of Weirotter’s stay in Rome “Mister Weirotter has made me … a present of own works,

which I reckon among the best of the kind

… This young artist will be a credit to his native country”. And in glance backward at the preceded Paris period of training with Wille (1759/63) this to Hagedorn in Dresden “He has become so ready in drawing that his drawings look far more effortless than his paintings”. And as collector the Leipsic banker Gottfried Winckler “I have no doubt, that Mr.

Weirotter will deliver to us much beautiful after the Italian journey ”.

Quoted after Décultot et al. as editors, Wille Correspondence, Tübingen 1999, pp. 314, 316, 318, each from 1764.

“ Weirotter – so Gerson, Ausbreitung und Nachwirkung der holländischen Malerei des 17. Jhdts., 2nd ed., 1983, p. 338 – worked also after P. Molijn, Jan van Goyen, Aert van der Neer – and Dietricy.

His own inventions are correspondingly Dutch . ”

Offer no. 15,125 | EUR 270. | export price EUR 257. (c. US$ 311.) + shipping


“ Many thanks for your message. Thank you very much for sending the (Anthonie) Waterloo … I am grateful to you for the opportunity to buy the etching. It was interesting to learn about its provenance … The Waterloo etching arrived safely today, beautifully wrapped. Thank you very much indeed ”

(Mr. M. L., April 24 and 29 resp. and May 6, 2003)