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Wächter, (Georg Friedrich) Eberhard

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Balingen, nr Tübingen, Feb 28, 1762; d Stuttgart, Aug 14, 1852).

German painter. He was one of the leading figures of German Neo-classicism and a precursor of the Nazarenes. From 1781 to 1784 he trained as an artist at the Karlsschule in Stuttgart and worked on his own in Mannheim. In 1785 he went to Paris, where he studied with Jean-Baptiste Regnault until 1792. From either 1792 or 1793 to 1798 he lived in Rome and was influenced by Asmus Jakob Carstens’s strict formal language and tendency to monumentalize. He was also impressed with Classical art and the work of Italian painters of the 13th and 14th centuries. He created his most original works in Rome, among them Job and his Friends (begun 1793 or 1794, completed 1824; Stuttgart, Staatsgal.). His choice of a biblical subject and his flat relief-like space accounts for his subsequent popularity with the Nazarene painters. In 1796 he married Franziska Bandini and converted to Catholicism. In ...

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