[From the catalogue-in-progress for “Landscapes & Livestock”, a loan exhibition for Agincourt Homecoming in the Fall of 2015]
PETTENKOFEN, August Xaver Karl Ritter von [1821-1889]
oil on board / 2 1/2 inches x 4 3/4 inches
During his service in the Austrian military, Pettenkofen was stationed in the Hungarian town of Szolnok, whose picturesque country life encouraged him to abandon a military career in favor of art. At Paris in 1852 he met members of the Barbizon School and brought that romantic sense of landscape back to Biedermeier Vienna. Then, admitted to the academies of both Vienna in 1866 and Munich in 1872, he founded an artists’ colony in his beloved Szolnok. In the year of his death Vienna’s Pettenkofengasse was named in his honor. Widely collected in his lifetime, von Pettenkofen has become a footnote in art history.
Two works by Pettenkofen—this and “Death and the Scholar”—came to Agincourt from the family of Edith Kölb Wasserman.