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 Carl Spitzweg. (1808 – 1885). The Bookworm. 


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Carl Spitzweg. (1808 – 1885). The Bookworm. (1850). 

Painter, poet, draughtsman, and German illustrator Carl Spitzweg is a representative of Biedermeier. This term indicates the culture and middle-class Art sails about it in the middle of the 18th century in Germany. The artists withdraw themselves towards the private sphere, the family and the hearth. In painting that gives realistic works which evokes the scenes of kind of the Dutch painting of the 17th century. Carl Spitzweg likes the picturesque, and anecdotic scenes. He worked as illustrator for satirical reviews, but its pictorial works remain tender, without aggressiveness. He has a great talent of observer, especially of the human singularities. Its compositions are clear, it models the forms with softness and its treatment of the light is remarkable of precision. It also painted landscapes with or without characters but it is in the original scenes of kind that its talent is expressed best. With our humble opinion… 

The point of view of the witness is rather high what is normal since the character is perched on his scale. The glance tends to go up on the level of the protagonist.

Magic of a perfect framing, the bookworm is on the 4 tension fields between 4 natural points of interest.

The light coming from the top, certainly from a cupola, one distinguishes perfectly the zones in the light and almost the half-light. 

The bottom of the painting on the right is built on the rising diagonal of right-hand side on the left. In top with the light it is the downward diagonal of right-hand side on the left which is used as reference mark. The hot lines of the scale or the shelf are either vertical or horizontal. 

Details : 

It is about the Métaphysic part of the library. Considering the luxury of decoration this one seems public and no private. 

Considering the distance from reading, the character is short-sighted and has to forget his glasses. 

The situation is enough comic, in addition to the book which it reads, the individual holds another in the left hand of them, it has some under the right arm and another between the knees… Moreover it has a rag which leaves its pocket to make dust.

Light: The light comes from in top on the right, of a dome or of a cupola, it concentrates as a beam in direction of the zone where the reader is held.

Colors : Harmonize between hot colors. 

Similar Paintings : 

Carl Spitzweg. The Poor Poet. (1839).

Carl Spitzweg. Monk breathing a Rose. (1850).

Carl Spitzweg. The Visit. (1855).