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Landscape  Suite
Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages V
of  Marvelous  Atmosphere

Weirotter, Franz Edmund (Innsbruck 1733 – Vienna 1771). Suite de Paysages. Landscapes and river pieces during various seasons. With properties, villages, and partly many figures by land and by water. Set of 12 etchings on 4 sheet. Inscribed: Dessinés d’après Nature, et gravés par Fr. E. Weirotter., otherwise as above, & Dédié à Monsieur Wille, Graveur du Roi, Graveur du Roi, de l’Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, et Membre de l’Academie Royale des Sciences, Belles Lettres et Arts de Rouen. Par son tres (sic!) humble serviteur Weirotter. 3¾-4¾ × 7⅛-7¾ in (9.6-11.9 × 18.2-19.6 cm).

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages I

Nagler 19. – One of the finest suites, dedicated to his teacher Johann Georg Wille (Upper Mill in the Bieber Valley near Gießen 1715 – Paris 1808) as the “clandestine representative of German culture in France” (Décultot et al. [ed.], Johann Georg Wille, Briefwechsel, 1999, p. 1).

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 fl.  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 …

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages VII

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).

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages XIII

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.

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages VI

“ 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.

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages X

His  own  inventions  are  correspondingly  Dutch . ”

Franz Edmund Weirotter, Suite de Paysages XI

Catching  the  infinite  charm  of  the  flat  country

the set here presented under four subdivided passepartouts. Finely to hang, too, piece by piece inside of wainscots or glass doors.

Offer no. 29,049 / price on application


“ Subject: Thanks!

Thanks for your kind reply. I wanted to comment that your thoughts on freedom (the quote that you had on the end of your message to me) are exactly the same as my beliefs.

I write, however, because I was surprised to get it from Europe … Although an American, almost all my early family were Huguenots … In fact, my relative, Jan C. is noted as the earliest C. to have arrived in N. America (in 1636, I think) … ”

(Mrs. C. F., November 14, 2003)