- Rudolf von Alt
Rudolf Ritter von Alt (born
28 August 1812in Vienna; died 12 March 1905in Vienna) was an Austrian landscape and architecturalpainter. Borne as Rudolf Alt, he could call himself vonAlt and bear the title of a Ritter (knight) after he gained nobility in 1882.
He was the son of the famous
lithographer Jakob Alt(1789-1872). He studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künstein Vienna. Hiking-trips through the Austrian Alpsand northern Italy awoke a love for landscapes, and he painted with his brush using watercolors in a very realistic and detailed style. In 1833, inspired by a visit to Veniceand neighbouring cities, he also made a number of architectural paintings.
Alt demonstrated a remarkable talent for expressing certain peculiarities in nature. He managed to paint nature authentically by focusing on the different hues of sky, the colour-tone of the air and the vegetation. His later works came closer to
Impressionism. His perspectives on architecture were interesting, and he often chose everyday objects to paint. The painting of interior-views also became one of his strong points, giving him attention in Vienna.
He visited and worked for a while in
Romeand Naples; after that he visited the lakes of Lombardy, then Galicia, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Bavariaand then returned multiple times to Italy. In 1863 he went to the Crimeato paint some views of an estate of the Empress, and in 1867 he went to Sicily.
His younger brother
Franz Alt, (b. 1821 in Vienna) was also a painter.
Most of his paintings are held by various museums in Vienna. The
Albertinain Vienna hosted a retrospectiveexhibition from September 2005 to January 2006.
List of Austrian artists and architects
* [http://www.aeiou.at/aeiou.encyclop.a/a361823.htm;internal&action=_setlanguage.action?LANGUAGE=en Rudolf von Alt at the "aeiou" encyclopedia]
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