loading page

Loading the page ...

Franz Rechberger

1771 Vienna – 1841 Gutenstein

The printed oeuvre of the landscape painter and etcher, Franz Rechberger, who was trained by Friedrich August Brand at the Vienna Academy, comprises mostly landscape etchings which, according to Nagler, “rank among the most splendid of their kind”. These heroic landscapes, imbued with the spirit of Romanticism, testify to the nullity of human existence when confronted with the awe-inspiring force of nature. Rechberger is also known as the head of the famous collection of engravings owned by Count Fries in Vienna, which later gave rise to the Albertina Graphics Collection. Rechberger was the Albertina’s first director from 1827 to 1841.