The unadorned representation of truth was paramount in Realism. This 19th-century movement rejected Romanticism's imaginative idealization in favor of the prosaic reality of life, and Wilhelm Leibl was at the helm of it.
Influenced by Manet and esteemed by Van Gogh, Leibl was crucial to capturing authentic portrayals of rural peasant life. He relinquished city life for the more 'natural' state of living found in the country, where he developed his oeuvre.
In this exhibition, glimpse into the past as it was thanks to Leibl's guiding principle that subject matters must be 'well perceived' rather than be beautiful.
Mass-produced art has its roots in etching. During the late 15th century, the German printmaker Daniel Hopfer adopted the techniques being used by armor decorators for the purposes of more widely available prints.
Acid-treated metal plates slathered in ink that were able to reproduce the sketches that had been etched onto them became the latest medium to experiment with, and the technique spread rapidly during the early 16th century.
During this exhibit, visitors will find 125 etchings from the first 70 years of etching as art, with works from Renaissance figures like Albrecht Dürer, Parmigianino, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
This spring, the Albertina Museum is hosting one of Europe's most impressive collections of private art. Amassed between 1905 and 1936, the Hahnloser Collection was brought together by Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser-Bühler and their artistic friends, including Ferdinand Hodler and Henri Matisse.
The collectors were also able to pick up works from the greats of the 19th century: Cézanne, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh. With 120 works on display, and many flown in from Switzerland, the Hahnloser Collection is a taste of Parisian greatness in California.
Located in the largest of the Habsburg's residential palaces, the Albertina is home to the biggest and most valuable graphical collection in the world. See the permanent exhibition of the Batliner Collection, Monet to Picasso, 20 elegant staterooms, and more!
Get into the Habsburg's world of fine art and imperial majesty. The Albertina is a truly sumptuous museum experience. Situated in the very heart of Vienna's city center, the museum today owns masterpieces by Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Rubens.
But the highlight is surely the Batliner Collection, one of Europe's most important compilations of Modernist art. This permanent display features Impressionism and Post-Impressionism artists such as Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin, plus Picasso's early Cubist pictures, works of his from the 1940s, never-before-exhibited prints and experimental paintings.
Browse 20 exquisite Habsburg staterooms spread over two floors of the palace. The original Louis XVI décor was ordered from the royal court ateliers in Paris and Versailles for Duke Albert - so you know they're extra-fancy.
Don't miss the centerpiece; the elegantly be-chandeliered Hall of the Muses. Picture the parties that must have been held in this space as you box-step along the parquet floor.
With a heady mix of artistic achievement and royal opulence, the Albertina is an ideal p(a)lace to go and get swept up in the spirit of Vienna's imperial past.
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