Wilhelm Pollak (Austrian, 1802 - 1860), pupil and brother-in-law of Friedrich Gauermann
Hunter in forest on the bank of mountain current
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Early Bidemeier landscape with a hunter on the bank of a mountain current (due to the backside inscription: Motive from Lilienfeld/Lower Austria) was executed in 1833 by Austrian landscape painter Wilhelm Johann Pollak (1802 Vienna, - 1860 Vienna)
Born to son of a pharmacist, Pollak Schwager was the brother-in-law of painters Friedrich Gauermann and Joseph Höger. Following her example, Pollak started painting as a self-taught artist.
He took part in an exhibition of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in Sankt Annahof in 1826.
In the period 1826/1827 he studied at the Vienna Academy in history and drawing classes. After completing his studies, he worked as a freelance landscape painter in Vienna. Sometimes Gauermann helped with the staffage in Pollak's landscapes.
On study trips, he visited Lower Austria, Styria, the Salzkammergut and Italy.
From 1833 to 1846 he lived in Lundenburg, where he also worked as a pharmacist, from 1849 to 1850 in Krems on the Danube, he spent the last years of his life in Vienna.
From 1840 to 1859 Pollak exhibited at the Vienna Academy in St. Anna, and from 1850 to 1854 also at the Künstlerhaus Vienna.
Literature: "Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 ". ed. of Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, 1983; artist lexicons by Benezit, Busse, Thieme/Becker, H.Fuchs.
Inscription: sogned and dated 1833 on the stone ; on the backside are two labels: 1.with biographical dates and 2. original artist title ( in English: Motive at Lilienfeld /UpperAustria). .
Technique: oil on canvas, original period gilt frame.
Measurements: unframed w 14 1/2" x h 18 1/2" (37 x 47 cm ) , framed w 18 1/4"x h 22 1/4" (46,5 x 56,5 cm ).