A Dash of Art History

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Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller painted The Roman Ruins in Schönbrunn in 1832.

I’ve always found Waldmüller’s body of work surprisingly incongruous. His genre scenes—paintings of every-day life—consist almost entirely of idealized, moralizing images of smiling rural families and occasional heavy-handed religious themes. They read almost as parodies of the pastoral ideal.

Yet his still lifes (and, as seen here, his landscapes) manage to be realistic—but also full of life; the statues in the middle seem mere moments from turning around, highlighted as they are by the little patch of sun through the arch.

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No, seriously.

Give me ideas. There's way too much art in this world, and I'm never sure what to write about. It might as well be something you're curious about, dear reader. Or tell me I'm wrong, or ask me questions, or tell me things.

Whatever you'd like.