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Born in Munich, Franz Schmid Breitenbach trained at the city’s art academy under Alexander Strahuber, who taught American artists as well. Mainly a religious painter, he also painted scenes of daily life and even occult subjects. A firm proponent of exacting technique he published a treatise on style and composition in painting in 1903.
A mother receives her son’s greeting through the window. The interplay of light and shadow in the whitewashed interior contrasts with the bright morning sun outside. Within the room a spinning wheel, a birdcage, and other items of daily use give insight into the life of the family. Such domestic scenes were especially popular among middle-class patrons in mid- and late nineteenth century Germany. Notice the coffee grinder at upper left on the edge of the shelf… :)
[Franz Schmid-Breitenbach (German, 1857-1927) “The Morning Greeting” n.d. Oil on canvas. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Dr. James and Carolyn Reece Sr., Dr. James M. Reece Jr., and Dr. Ronald E. Reece]
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