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Gustav Reinhold

1798 Gera – 1849 Königssee near Berchtesgaden

Gustav Reinhold, a painter who hailed from Gera in Thuringia, formed an artistic trio together with his older and better known brothers, Friedrich Philipp (1779–1840) and Heinrich (1788– 1825). Having initially trained as a craftsman, he moved in 1820 to Vienna, where under the auspices of his brother Friedrich he devoted himself to painting and attended the Academy from 1824 to 1827. Like his brother, who belonged to the group around Overbeck, Sutter, Wintergerst and Ferdinand Olivier and subscribed to the artistic ideals of the Nazarenes, Gustav’s painting was deeply imbued with the spirit of Romanticism. In 1835 he settled permanently in Berchtesgaden. Fascinated by the sublime natural panorama of the region, he undertook journeys with his fellow-painter Friedrich Gauermann through the Salzkammergut, Tyrol and Northern Italy between 1836 and 1843. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the youngest of the Reinhold brothers should have worked primarily as a landscape artist.