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).
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 …
As etcher Weirotter ranks with the most eminent artists … ”
(ADB XLI , 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 , 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.
His own inventions are correspondingly Dutch . ”
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)