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    Posted 10 years ago

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    This is a very old picture with no information on it, so I really don't know much about it. Does anyone have any information on this picture and know what it is worth?

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Its going to take some more information-- artist/ oil on canvas/ board/ size, etc...

      With your picture it is hard to even determine if it is an original painting.

      Post some more pictures-- include a close up of the painters signature (usually bottom right or left), any markings on the painting, any markings or writing on the back of the frame and a photo that shows the entire back.

    2. archives archives, 10 years ago
      Dear Buttons,
      Your picture is a reproduction of one of Germany's most famous paintings: "The Bookworm", originally painted in 1850 by Carl Spitzweg, 1850. Dimensions 49.5 cm × 26.8 cm (19½ in × 10½ in) Now in the collection of the Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt, Germany.
      You'll find the following text on Wikipedia and thousands of pictures if you google "Bookworm, Spitzweg".

      Kind regards, Archives

      The Bookworm (German: Der Bücherwurm) is an 1850 oil-on-canvas painting by the German painter and poet Carl Spitzweg. The picture is typical of Biedermeier art, encapsulating the introspective and conservative mood in Europe during the period between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the revolutions of 1848, but at the same time poking fun at those attitudes by embodying them in the fusty old scholar unconcerned with the affairs of the mundane world.

      The picture shows an untidily dressed elderly bibliophile teetering on top of a library ladder with several large volumes jammed under his arms and between his legs as he peers short-sightedly at a book. Unaware of his apparently princely or abbatial Baroque surroundings, he is totally absorbed in his researches. A handkerchief, carelessly replaced, trails from his pocket. His black knee-breeches suggest a courtly status. The intensity with which he stares at his book in the dusty old once-glorious library with its frescoed ceiling mirrors the inward-looking attitudes and return to conservative values that affected Europe during the period; the painting was executed two years after the revolutions of 1848 provided a shock to the stable world embodied in the dusty solitude of the library. In the lower left corner of the painting an old faded globe can be seen; the bookworm is not interested in the outside world, but in the knowledge of the past. He is illuminated with the soft golden light that is a hallmark of Spitzweg's work, but the scholar's interest in the light streaming from the unseen window extends only so far as it allows him to see the words on the pages of his old books. The height of the library ladder can only be estimated: the globe suggests a possible floor height, but none of the floor is visible, heightening the sense of precariousness of the oblivious scholar's position. Equally the size of the library is unknown; the old man is consulting books from the section of "Metaphysics" (Metaphysik) — indicated by the plaque on the highly ornamented bookcase — which both suggests a vast library and underlines the otherworldliness of the book lover.

      While obviously political or polemical art was discouraged by the conservative attitudes that pervaded Central Europe, and more parochial themes were chosen by the artists of the Biedermeier period than had been the vogue in the Romantic period that preceded it, there was still room for subtle allusions and light satire. Spitzweg's paintings poke gentle fun at the figures he saw around him. He was almost entirely self-taught and although his techniques were developed by copying the Dutch Masters, his portrayal of his subjects is believed to have been influenced by the works of William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier. Although The Bookworm is among the most obviously satirical of his works and though none of his paintings show the cruel wit of Hogarth, there are parallels between the characters of Hogarth and those depicted by Spitzweg; the bookworm — carefully observed and knowingly detailed — would not look out of place in a scene from Marriage à-la-mode; indeed, Spitzweg is sometimes referred to as a "German Hogarth".
    3. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Good job archives!
    4. Buttons, 10 years ago
      Very interesting and thank you for the information, do you know what this reproduction is worth? I love the picture!
    5. archives archives, 10 years ago
      It's difficult to speak about a certain value as it is a reproduction of an existing painting. As far as I can see the picture you made of this work it is a mechanical reproduced work with a lot of varnish on it. In that case hundreds have been made of this specific work so there is only a "poster value".
      best, archives
    6. Buttons, 10 years ago
      Thank you again.
    7. Esther110 Esther110, 10 years ago
      In any case, it's introduced a new (to me) painter. And I must admit, after a bit of googling, I love his work. It is so peaceful and calm.
      Thanks archive, for all your input.
    8. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 10 years ago
      Archives RULES !

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