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Hans Von Marees Painting - The Rowers by Hans von Marees

The Rowers

Evening forest scene

Departure of the Fishermen

Diana in the bath

Dragonslayer


Hesperides triptych


St. Martin and the Beggar


Horse leader and nymph ( Rape of Helena )


Sleeping Savoyard Boy


Self Portrait and Portrait Lenbachs

Oranges picking rider and nude woman

Roman Landscape 1



Drawings

" The toilet "


farewell


Nude


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Nude studies


Ancient race car , back view


Ancient race car , front view


Ancient car with a two-horse chariot


Bacchus


Chiron and Achilles


Three women at a table


Three women in the wind


Figures in a Landscape


Figures in Landscape


Figure studies


Figure studies


Homage


idyll


Head of a Woman


male back nude


Male back nude , female figure holding


Mercury


Narcissus


Nausicaa


Sword bearers


Singing Girl


Seated Female Nude


Standing Male Nude


Street Scene


Study for the painting "Three young men in orange grove "


Study for the painting "Three young men in orange grove "


Study for the painting " praise of modesty "


Study on the Neapolitan frescoes


Study on the Neapolitan frescoes , orange grove


Study for the painting "The Courtship "


Study for the painting "The Courtship "


Studies on the "Golden Age"


Study sheet with male nude and head


Study sheet with portrait sketches


Study sheet with two women


Tuscan Landscape


Female figures and children in landscape


Courtship


Two riders


Two carriage and women's group

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The Rowers

Hans von Marees

Hans von Marées (24 December 1837 – 5 June 1887) was a German painter. Initially specialising in portraiture he later turned to mythological subjects. He spent the last years of his life in Italy.

Life

Marées was born into a banking family at Elberfeld, part of Wuppertal since 1929, in Germany. In 1847 his family moved to Koblenz, where he was educated at the Gymnasium (grammar school). From 1853 to 1855 he studied at the Berlin Academy, and in 1854 he entered the studio of the painter and printmaker Carl Steffeck. He served in the military in 1855–7, after which he moved to Munich where he met Franz von Lenbach.[1]

During his time in Munich he concentrated mainly on portraiture. In 1864 Count Adolf von Schack sent Marées and Lenbach to Italy to copy old masters.[1] In Italy he became friendly with the art theorist Konrad Fiedler, who later became his patron, and the sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand.[1][2]

In 1869, he visited France, the Netherlands and Spain with Fiedler. He served in military in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71) and then lived in Berlin and Dresden for a while. In 1873, he decorated the library walls of the newly built German Marine Zoological Institute in Naples, Italy[3] The murals consist of five scenes depicting figures in landscapes, set into a framework of friezes and pilasters designed by Hildebrand.[4] They have no specific symbolic or mythological scheme, being intended simply to express, in Marées' own words, "the joys of sea and beach life".[3] The next year, he moved to Florence, where he became acquainted with Anselm Feuerbach and Arnold Böcklin,[1] two leading members of the group of idealist, intellectual artists known as the "German Romans".[5]

He turned increasingly to mythological subjects[1] and developed a complex and individual technique, overpainting tempera with layers of oil and creating a depth of colour quite unlike the muted tones used by his fellow classicist, Feuerbach.[3] Fritz Novotny wrote that in Marées' brand of classicism "a completely new role is assigned to colour", and that, after Ingres, he was "the second great classicist in the nineteenth century who was also a great artist".[6]

In the 1880s Marées painted four monumental triptychs: The Judgment of Paris, The Hesperides, Three Saints on Horseback and The Wooing.[3] During this time he also produced smaller mythological paintings and some portraits.[6] He spent these last years of his life in Rome, supported by Fiedler.[1] He died there in 1887, at the age of 49, and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery.


References

Artist biography in German Masters of the Nineteenth Century, p.270
Novotny 1978, p.
Schiff, Gert, "An Epoch of longing" in German Masters of the Nineteenth Century, pp.28– 9
German Masters of the Nineteenth Century, p.156
Novotny1978, p.317

Novotny 1978, p.323

Sources

German Masters of the Nineteenth Century: Paintings and Drawings from the Federal Republic of Germany. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1981. Free download available.
Novotny, Fritz (1978) [1960]. Painting and Sculpture in Europe. The Pelican History of Art. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. ISBN 014056120X.

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