Carl von Blaas

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Carl von Blaas


Pensive Moment
Oil on Canvas
51 1/2 x 27 3/4 inches

Signed Lower Right

Inventory ID: DH174

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Carl von Blaas (1815-1894) was born in a peasant family in Nauders, Tyrol. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice. In 1837 he received the Pix de Rome from the Venetian Academy, which allowed him to study in Rome. In Rome he came under the influence of the Nazarenes in the circle around Friedrich Overbeck and devoted himself to religious subjects.

He was named a professor at the Academy of Vienna in 1850. In 1855 he received a prize at the Paris Exposition for his painting "Charlemagne Visiting a Boys' School", and accepted a professorship at the Academy of Venice in the same year. He returned to Vienna in 1866 where he wrote Autobiographie, (Vienna, 1876), which contains information on his sons, Eugene de Blaas, also an artist, and Julius von Blaas. He produced many portraits, religious canvases, and frescoes.

Among his pupils was Francesco Beda.