Today we are happy to present for sale a wonderful antique Hermann Baisch Barbizon School 1879 landscape painting!
Hermann Baisch (12 July 1846, Dresden – 18 June 1894, Karlsruhe) was a German painter and illustrator who specialized in landscapes and animals. He was one of the first artists in Germany to work in the French influenced “paysage intime” (Barbizon) style. The Barbizon school of painters were part of an art movement towards Realism in art, which arose in the context of the dominant Romantic Movement of the time. The Barbizon school was active roughly from 1830 through 1870. It takes its name from the village of Barbizon, France, near the Forest of Fontainebleau, where many of the artists gathered. Some of the most prominent features of this school are its tonal qualities, color, loose brushwork, and softness of form.
Baisch’s father was the lithographer, Wilhelm Gottlieb Baisch. His older brother, Otto Baisch, also became a lithographer and a writer. In 1852, his family moved to Stuttgart, where his father set up his own lithography business. After completing an apprenticeship in his father’s shop, he studied painting at the State Academy of Fine Arts. When his father died in 1864, Otto took over the management of the family business.
In 1868, he went to Paris, where he copied the landscape and animal paintings of the Dutch Masters. He also became acquainted with Jules Dupré, who introduced him to the Barbizon School and the style known as “Paysage intime” (intimate landscape). After completing his studies there, he went to Munich and became a student at the private painting school operated by Adolf Lier. Although he graduated in 1873, he remained in Munich until 1880. In 1875, he married Julie Schönleber, the sister of Gustav Schönleber, who had become his friend at Lier’s school.
He then relocated to Karlsruhe and, in 1881, became a Professor of animal painting at the Grand-Ducal Baden Art School. In order that his students could learn to paint from nature, he built an open-air studio; going so far as to buy a cow and some other small animals. He also took numerous trips to Holland and the Alps to paint landscapes. In the years 1884/85 and 1893/94, he served as Director of the school, which was renamed an “Academy” in 1892. He died in 1894, after a short illness.
This beautiful oil on canvas painting is beautifully painted and executed. The piece was signed by the artist on the lower left corner, and dated “79” (1879). The painting depicts a bucolic pastoral scene, with a group of six multi-colored cows grazing in and near a small water pond in a picturesque country side, with towering trees and two farm buildings in the background. The painting features movement and emphasis on the contrast between light and darkness; of special interest is the way the artist beautifully captured the reflections on the water and its rippling. The piece features warm and subdued colors, and is finely painted in the Romantic Realist style. The painting is framed in an elegant patinated black and gilt wood frame, and is ready to be hung and enjoyed.
The painting presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with minor display wear and patina commensurate with age. The painting’s surface is vivid and clean and with no visible tears or repairs. There is minor craquelure commensurate with age. The frame is in good antique condition, with minor wear and patina commensurate with age. Add old-world style and elegance to any interior with this beautiful painting…Fresh to the market from an old Providence estate!
Dimensions of framed artwork: 21-3/8″ in height, 24-1/2″ in length, 1-1/2″ in depth
Dimensions of canvas: 18-7/8″ in length, 15-7/8″ in height
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