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Wilhelm Leibl

Born: Cologne (Köln), 23 October 1844
Died: Würzburg, 4 December 1900
Nationality: German

with Hermann Becker (Cologne); with Philipp von Foltz, Alexander Strehuber, and Hermann Anschutz at Munich Academy (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, 1864)


1869 –exhibits Frau Gedon at Grossen Internationale Kunstausstellung (Big International Exhibition) in Munich; Gustave Courbet invites Leibl to France after seeing the painting (meets Edouard Manet)

1870 – returns to Munich at the start of the Franco-Prussian war; begins producing etchings; center of “Leibl circle,” a group of artists that included Carl Schuch, Johann Sperl and Wilhelm Trübner

1873 – moves to Grasslfing; lives in various Bavarian villages for the rest of his life


Paris (1869-70)

Important Artworks: 

Frau Gedon, 1869 (Neue Pinakothek, Munich)

Village Politicians, 1877 (Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur)