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Huber, Wolfgang

Janez Höfler

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ISBN: 9780198604761
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:
Huber, Wolfgang

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(b Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, c. 1485; d Passau, June 3, 1553).

Austrian painter, draughtsman, woodcut designer and architect. A contract of 1515, for the St Anne altar in Feldkirch in Vorarlberg, describes him as coming from that town; Hans Huber, a Feldkirch painter mentioned in 1491, was probably either his father or uncle. He does not seem to have trained with any well-known painter of the previous generation in southern Germany or Austria. Huber has been regarded by art historians as the next most important painter in the so-called Danube school after Albrecht Altdorfer; but he was a thoroughly independent artist from the outset of his career, and even later, when he did move closer to Altdorfer in his manner, he retained his individuality, distinct from any other representative of the Danube style. His own talent was matched by a sure recognition of artistic quality that made him turn his attention when young to Albrecht Dürer and Dürer’s Italian models, though not imitatively. He strove to construct calm and unified compositions with an atmosphere of lyricism and intimacy, both in his paintings—religious subjects and portraits—and in his freehand drawings—mainly landscapes. Though Italian influences are evident in Huber’s work, their manner of transmission remains a mystery....

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