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Franz Rechberger

(1771 Vienna – 1841 Gutenstein, Lower Austria)

Man Coming Down the Hill; Large Rock Overhanging the Path; Man Carrying a Beam. Suite of three etchings. Each approx. 24.2 x 30.3 cm. 1801. Nagler 23–25.

The printed oeuvre of the landscape painter and etcher Franz Rechberger, who was taught by Friedrich August Brandt at the Vienna Academy, comprises a total of 81 works. They are mostly landscape etchings which, according to Nagler, “must rank amongst the most splendid of their kind”. Heroic in character and imbued with the spirit of Romanticism, the land­scapes illustrate the triviality of human existence in contrast to the sublime power of nature. Rechberger is also known for his work as the head of the famous collection of engravings owned by Count Fries in Vienna, which later gave rise to the Albertina Collection. Rechberger was the Albertina’s first director from 1827 to 1841.

Superb, particularly rich and tonal impressions, with margins around the platemark respectively with full margins. Some scattered foxing, minor traces of handling, otherwise uniformly in perfect condition. From the collection of Johann Nepomuk Seiler (1793 Munich – 1876 Kempten; Lugt 3976).

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