Category satirical painting

Carl Spitzweg (1808 – 1885)

Carl Spitzweg was born in 1808 in Munich and lived there all his life. He studied pharmacy at the University there and established himself as a pharmacist. In 1833 he gave up that profession to become a painter. He was… Continue Reading →

Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845)

Boilly was born in La Bassée in Northern France and died in 1845 during the Restauration and July Monarchy. He started painting at the age of 13 and was practically autodidact influenced by Dutch 17th century genre painters Gabriel Metsu… Continue Reading →

Jean Huber (1721-1786)

Huber was a Swiss painter and silhouettist, born in Geneva and he died in Lausanne. He started without having any training. He specialized in painting birds, but he had also talents as a caricaturist. VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) In 1756 Huber visited Voltaire… Continue Reading →

Adriaan van de Venne (1589-1662)

Born in Delft, he moved later to Middelburg (Sealand). He was influenced by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. His most famous satirical painting “Fishing for Souls” (Zielenvisserij) originated in 1614 during the Twelve Years Truce (1609-1621). The broadening river Scheldt splits… Continue Reading →

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593)

Arcimboldo was born in Milan and he worked at the court of Rudolf II in Prague, son of Emperor Maximilian II. His fantastic portraits look at a distance like normal portraits. The objects (flowers, plants, books) he used are related… Continue Reading →

Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569)

Pieter Bruegel was (probably) born in the vicinity of Breda and died in Brussels.  According to others, the name Bruegel was derived from the name of the village Breugel near the present Eindhoven. He was influenced by Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)…. Continue Reading →

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