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Islamic Art And The West

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Moritz von Schwind (1804-1871) is known to have been primarily a painter of romantic fairytale themes and historical compositions. When the artist was a young man, more precisely in the 1820s when Schwind lived in Vienna, was part of a circle around Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and studied at the Vienna Academy of Art under Leopold Kupelwieser (1796-1862), Peter Krafft (1780-1856) and Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1788-1853). Various sources show that during this period, the young artist's life and work were less influenced by his studies at the academy than by his sanguine circle of friends, who were characterised by enthusiasm for art. They would meet to make music or to read together, visit the opera and exchange opinions on works of art. This stimulating atmosphere provided the inspiration for most of Moritz von Schwind's portrayals of oriental themes.

Keywords: Moritz Von Schwind; oriental themes

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