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1787 Vienna – 1828 Dresden
“Lago di Como”, 1811
28 x 42 cm
Watercolour on paper
Fine Art, Up to 5,000 €

Galerie Paffrath

3,800 €
Joseph Rebell studied at the Vienna Academy from 1799 to 1809 and was a student of the landscape painter Michael Wutky (1739-1823). After completing his apprenticeship, he traveled to Italy in 1810. First he stayed in Milan for two years to make drawings of the places on the northern Italian lakes for the art and view publisher Dominique Artaria. These should then be edited as copperplate engravings or etchings. On the recommendation of the Italian Vice-King Eugène de Beauharnais, he traveled in 1812 via Florence and Rome to Naples to the court of Joachim Murat and his wife Karoline, Napoleon’s sister. Here he worked for the court for a few years until he returned to Vienna in 1824 and was appointed gallery director of Belvedere by Franz I and professor of the landscape class at the Vienna Academy. Rebell died relatively young of an illness in 1838 while traveling in Dresden.
The sheet “Lago di Como” coincides with his stay in Milan with trips to the northern Italian regions. Several back figures in the foreground invite the viewer to take a look at the landscape: From a slight hill, the view of Lake Como and the remains of the Forte di Fuentes fortress near Colico at the northern end of Lake Como falls. Behind it, the western beginnings of the Bernina Alps tower up gently, while a tree on the right completes the picture. Rebell’s endeavors to reproduce direct impressions of reality are expressed in the detailed elaboration of the scenery. The watercolour gives it an additional lightness and lets you feel the airy atmosphere.
Rebell was one of the most sought-after landscape painters of his time, so that in addition to the Italian and Austrian rulers, the Bavarian king and English aristocrats also joined his collectors. It is therefore not surprising that his works are represented in many international museums and collections.

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