Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871)
Born in Vienna, Schwind
traveled to Munich in 1827 to receive formal a formal education
in art. There he became enamored of Cornelius' teachings,
who told him to draw everything from memory instead of nature.
Instead of wandering out into the wilds like his peers,
Schwind retired to the Munich library and there he completed
scenes from the life of Charlemagne. In 1835, he went to
Rome and there acquired the art of painting frescoes. He
painted one at Carlsrhue, which was very strongly allegorical.
In 1847, he became a professor at the academy in Munich
and began painting fairytales. Needless to say his work
reverberated that of fairy tale writers Brentano and Eichendorff.
His work always had a literary touch to it. His own imagination
also compromised the canvas, making his work truly unique.
Woman at the Window
Nocturnal Duet Beside a Garden Gate oil on canvas