The Art of the Viennese Watercolor

Until 13 May 2018

Transparent lightness, brilliant colors, and a generally atmospheric impression are the special qualities of 19th-century Viennese watercolor painting. Virtuosic city views and landscapes, detail-rich portraits, genre paintings, and floral works comprise the rich motivic repertoire featured in this glorious blossoming of Austrian art.

The Viennese watercolor’s heyday was the Biedermeier era: Jakob Alt, Matthäus Loder, Thomas Ender, and Peter Fendi number among its most important artistic figures.
Likewise outstanding are the exquisite works by Rudolf von Alt from his over 70-year career. His masterful watercolors run from the Biedermeier era all the way to the rise of the Secession movement around 1900.

This exhibition presents a veritable parade of exceptionally beautiful pictures, including the ALBERTINA Museum’s own treasures as well as important loan works, all of which pay impressive tribute to the high standing of the Viennese watercolor in the context of 19th century art.

On view from 16 February until 13 May 2018.

Image Gallery – 20 Images
Exhibition view The Viennese Watercolor | Photo © Rainer Mirau – 6 Images
Rudolf von Alt | The Dachstein Mountain from Lower Lake Gosau, 1838 | The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Rudolf von Alt | The Dachstein Mountain from Lower Lake Gosau, 1838 | The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Eduard Gurk | Am Hradschin in Prag, um 1838 | Albertina, Wien
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Video: The Viennese Watercolor
Carl Schütz | Stock im Eisen Square, Vienna, 1779 | The Albertina Museum, Vienna
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Audio: Example from the exhibition's audio guide
Exhibition view The Viennese Watercolor | Photo © Rainer Mirau
Exhibition view The Viennese Watercolor | Photo © Rainer Mirau
Exhibition view The Viennese Watercolor | Photo © Rainer Mirau
Exhibition view The Viennese Watercolor | Photo © Rainer Mirau

 

  • Jahrespartner Bank Austria UniCredit
  • Partner BMW
  • Media Partner Die Presse

Publication

Exhibition Catalogue | The Viennese Watercolor

Das Wiener Aquarell

Experience the enchanting world of the Viennese Watercolor at home.
Please note that this catalogue is only available in German.

Ed. by Maria Luise Sternath
2018
336 pages
24,5 x 28,5 cm | Hardcover / half-linen
German EUR 29,90