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Martin Johann Schmidt (Kremser Schmidt)-Attrib. " Christ and the Samaritan Woman", oil, 18th century

Price: 4900  EUR

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This high quality oil painting shows a biblical scene "Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well" (CLICK HERE). It strongly resembles works of famous Austrian Baroque artist Martin Johann "Kremser Schmidt" or "Kremserschmidt" (1718-1801; see our image nr.7). Comparison with other works of this artist (for example, see our images nr.9-19) convincingly supports this attribution.

The painting was acquired on March 5, 2015, at a sale of Madrid auction house "Alcala Subastas" (lot 530). A counter-piece to "our" painting (identically sized and painted by the same artist) was offered at the same sale. Sadly, our absentee bid did not win it..

Martin Johann Schmidt, called Kremser Schmidt or Kremserschmidt, was born on 25th of September 1718 in Grafenwörth, Lower Austria, and died on the 25th of June 1801 in Stein / Danube (now a part of Krems an der Donau municipality). He was one of the most outstanding Austrian painters of the late Baroque/Rococo alond with Franz Anton Maulbertsch.
A son of the sculptor Johannes Schmidt and a pupil of Gottlieb Starmayr, he spent most of his life at Stein, where he mostly worked in the numerous churches and monasteries of his Lower Austrian homeland. While the evolution of his style after 1750 shows that he had either spent a formative period in northern Italy or had at least had extensive contact with northern Italian works of art prior to that date, his works are also clearly influenced by Rembrandt (visible above all in his etchings) and the great fresco-painters of the Austrian Baroque, Paul Troger and Daniel Gran.
Despite not having received formal academic training, in 1768 he was made a member of the imperial academy at Vienna due to his artistic merits, which by that time had already been recognized by a wider public inside and outside of Austria.
Primarily he painted devotional images for private devotion and churches, including a considerable number of large altar paintings. His lively and colourful style made him extremely popular with people from all levels of society already during his lifetime. From 1780 mythological and low-life themes became increasingly frequent, only to be replaced by a renewed concentration on religious topics during the very last years of Schmidt's life.
He was at that an important draughtsman and has left numerous etchings which clearly show Rembrandt's influence.
While his earlier works typically show a warm chiaroscuro, from about 1770 he used increasingly stronger and more lively colours. Simultanueously, both his style and his brush technique became much more free, making him, like Franz Anton Maulbertsch, an important predecessor of impressionism. In this aspect, his mature style is completely contrary to neoclassicism, the style which increasingly dominated European art after about 1780.
Further reading
1.) Garzarolli-Thurnlackh; Das graphische Werk Martin Johann Schmidt's (Kremser Schmidt), 1718 - 1801; Zurich, 1925
2.) Dworschak, Feuchtmüller, Garzarolli-Thurnlackh, Zykan; Der Maler Martin Johann Schmidt genannt "Der Kremser Schmidt" 1718 - 1801; Vienna, 1955
3.) Feuchtmüller; Der Kremser Schmidt. 1718-1801, monograph and catalogue raisonné; Vienna, 1989, ISBN 3702216898 ISBN 978-3702216894
External links
1.) Martin Johann Schmidt in the Aeiou Encyclopedia (German) in German
2.) Martin Johann Schmidt in the German National Library catalogue (German) in German
3.) Entry on Martin Johann Schmidt in the database of the Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Vienna in German

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Condition: fairly good; lined

Creation Year: 18th Century

Measurements:UNFRAMED:51,4x72,6cm/20,2x28,6in FRAMED: 62,4x81,9cm/24,6x32,2in

Object Type:Framed oil painting

Style: Old Master paintings

Technique: oil on canvas

Inscription:-

Creator: Martin Johann Schmidt ("Kremser Schmidt")

Creator Dates: 1718 Grafenwoerth-1801 Stein

Nationality:Austrian

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