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Romantically forest landscape with figures near castle Velthurns by Bozen in South Tyrol was executed by good listed Austrian landscape painter Gottfried Seelos ( 1829 Bozen, Tirol (Bolzano/Bozen, Italy) - 1900 Vienna), painter, brother of another two painters Gustav Seelos and Ignaz Seelos.
After attending the Franziskanergymnasium in Bozen, he completed the philosophical years at the Universities of Verona and Innsbruck in 1845-1847 and studied law from 1847-1851 at the University of Vienna (temporarily also in Munich). From 1850 Seelos received artistic training (among others with Josef Selleny). In the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s he undertook study trips to Italy.
Until the mid-1860s, lithographic works dominated his work; his main work ("Views of Tyrol") was published by Unterberger in Innsbruck in 1856/1857; Works with Tyrolean views were followed by views from Styria and Upper Austria. In addition to lithographs, Seelos also created oil paintings, drawings and watercolors (landscapes, flowers); In 1885 he was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I to paint large battle paintings (Kolin, Berg Isel, Kahlenberg and Lissa), and he was also involved in decorating the Natural History Museum (Stonehenge, Rosegg tumuli).
Member of the Viennese artists´ association "Eintracht", from 1861 of the artists Union Künstlerhaus, member of the Bolzano Museum Association (from 1887) and honorary member of the "Société Royale Belge des Aquarellistes" (from 1881).
Literature: Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815-1950, Academy of Sciences, Vienna; Ulrich Thieme / Felix Becker [ed.]: General encyclopedia of visual artists from antiquity to the present, Leipzig, 1907-1950; Constantin von Wurzbach: Biographical Encyclopedia of the Austrian Empire; Heinrich Fuchs: The Austrian painters of the 19th century. Vienna: self-publishing 1972-1979; K. Kraus: The Seelos brothers. Late Biedermeier painter between Bolzano and Vienna. [Catalog]. Bozen, Museum Association Bozen 1993.
Inscription: signed and dated (1)874, lower right; old bronze plaque with the name of the artist, mounted to the frame..
Technique: oil on wood panel. Original period gilt frame.
Measurements: each unframed w 15 1/3" x h 19 1/2 ( 39 x 50 cm), framed w 26" x h 30 1/3" (66 x 77 cm).
Condition: in good condition.