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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Free-time video: Chess, art, love and more!

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Hi everyone,

Here's your free art class with Josef Danhauser's piece 'Game of Chess'. The painting is an example of Biedermeier art from the mid-19th Century. What shall we say more - Watch the video. (One thing, just remember to stop the video. It goes on to other works of art!)

Josef Danhauser (August 19, 1805, Laimgrube (now a part of Mariahilf or Neubau) – May 4, 1845) was anAustrian painter, one of the main artists ofBiedermeier period, together with Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Peter Fendi, among others. 

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  • At August 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Whoa what is this?

  • At August 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Aaron, Wurzburg said...

    He died of typhus in Vienna in 1845. They named a street with his name in Vienna in 1862.

  • At August 18, 2011 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous J.L. Vienna said...

    THANK YOU CHESS QUEEN FOR SHARING THIS. I would like to add some information if you don't mind.

    Danhauser, as artistic director of the Danhauser furniture factory, moved in noble and upperclass circles. His designs shaped the tastes in furnishings of the time. As a result, the interiors in his pictures can be seen as authentic documents of the day, as he naturally included his own furniture designs.

    The Game of Chess is particularly important in this context, as it is the very earliest depiction of a salon in nineteenth-century European painting. The story it represents also deserves a mention: a woman winning a game that is dominated by the queen. In this and other scenes the artist conveys an impression of social gatherings, the contemporary love of music, but also overindulgence and excess.


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