Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). The Waterfall with the Bridge and the Huntsmen with Dog. View at the fall enclosed on both sides by rocks. On the wooden footbridge leading across the fall a man with dog, on the left on high bank two further men, one with shouldered gun. In the foreground trees broken and burst by winter floods. Etching. (1759.) Inscribed: 1. / Paysages dessinés et gravés d’aprés nature par Weirotter. 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.1 × 23.5 cm).

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Waterfoll with the Bridge

Nagler 20, 1. – Sheet 1 of the 6-sheet set of the “Paysages dessinés et gravés d’aprés nature”. – The Joullain address of the first edition erased. – On wide-margined sturdy laid paper with typographic watermark. – Scenery of wild beauty.

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 . ”

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