Wilhelm Leibl

The Art of Seeing

Bernhard von Waldkirch and Marianne von Manstein

Wilhelm Leibl

Bernhard von Waldkirch and Marianne von Manstein

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

272 pages | 160 color plates | 8 3/4 x 10 3/4
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9783777433875 Will Publish January 2020 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Wilhelm Leibl (1844–1900) is regarded as one of the most significant nineteenth-century portraitists and an important representative of realism in Europe. Leibl explained his approach to modern figure painting through his retreat to the countryside: For Leibl the decisive factor was not that a model was attractive, but that he or she was shown in a good light, which the countryside offered in abundance.

This volume, which accompanies a comprehensive museum exhibition with a focus on portraits and representations of figures, features large-format, full-color reproductions of Leibl’s work, including forty paintings and sixty drawings. The accompanying essays highlight Leibl’s position between tradition and modernity, his contribution to European Realism, and his affinity for the color black. It also discusses his relationship to Degas, his links with Hungary, and his influence on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
 
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