‘O du Frühlingslust! (The Arrival of Spring!)’，by Rudolf Epp
Rudolf Epp was a Germain painter born in 1834 in Eberbach. His father was a painter-decorator, which undoubtedly helped Epp to quickly develop a talent for drawing. In 1854, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. He was given a grant to travel to Germany's Black Forest region, which allowed him to draw and paint numerous landscape sketches. Epp settled in Munich in 1865.
A talented colourist, he soon developed a great reputation for his landscapes, which were highlighted by characters. He developed a specialty for genre scenes inspired by his daily life, and in particular, the rural atmosphere. Epp's numerous journeys into the mountains of Bavaria and Tyrol allowed him to expand his repertoire with the natural scenes he took in.His variety of original creations overflowing with colourful details and an element of tenderness provided him with a great reputation both in Germany and beyond. In Europe and in North America, his paintings took the art world by storm thanks to prints published in international newspapers and postcards. Folkloric subjects from the Black Forest region became extremely popular.We can identify O du Frühlingslust! (The Arrival of Spring!) thanks to a print published in Gallerie Moderner Meister, a catalogue of fine art that provided another avenue for commercializing artist's works. The print is the exact transcription of the painting. In the countryside, a young mother dressed in a German rural outfit is holding a baby in her arms. The image, depicted with tenderness, reflects a pastoral vision of the rural sites Epp repeatedly visited during his various journeys. Featuring a genuine attention to details in the treatment of nature, but also great acuity in the description of human feelings, Epp asserts his love for his native country.
Technique:Oil on canvas
Size: Oil on canvas: 120 cm (H) x 78cm (W) / Frame: 145cm (H) x 102 cm (W) x 6 cm (D)\
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