The Widower, Carl Spitzweg
Carl Spitzweg
The Widower
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Carl Spitzweg

The Widower, 1844


Dimensions
58.0 x 66.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 328
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

His grief has lifted for a moment. The portrait of the recently deceased spouse and the cloth which has just been used to dry his bitter tears have sunk on to the widower's knees. Under the watchful eyes of Diana, the tutelary goddess of women, two ladies stroll past and arouse his interest. One of them glances fleetingly at the bench where the widower, exposed to the light, has assumed the role of a poor wretch. Spitzweg's bourgeois idyll is permeated with satire. The scene is not designed to arouse pity, but rather to elicit a chuckle over the hopes of a man who is already past his prime.

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Basic Information

Title
The Widower
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Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet und datiert unten rechts: Zeichen Spitzwegs (Raute und eingeschriebenes S) 1844

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Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921

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02.12.2020