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Peasant Wedding

Belvedere Museum, Vienna


After visiting an exhibition at Vienna’s Art Academy in 1844, art critic Dr. Eduard Melly commented in the journal Der Sammler (The Collector) about number 102, The Perchtoldsdorf Wedding (as the painting was originally titled):
“Clearly the national character of the Austrian people is exemplified best in the Peasant Wedding…everywhere life, movement, truth, and in the faces of typical Austrians the truth of the artist’s skill emerges.”
Cited in Rupert Feuchmüller, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller 1793-1865 (Vienna: Christian Brandstätter, 1996), 487.

Similar Subjects by Other Artists

Miklós Barabás, The Arrival of the Bride, 1856 (Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest)

Lajos Deák-Ébner, Bridal Procession, 1888 (Hungarian National Gallery)

Pieter Angillis, The Village Party, 1727 (Portland Art Museum, Oregon)

About the Artist

Born: Vienna, 15 January 1793
Died: near Baden, 23 August 1865
Nationality: Austrian