Eduard Steinbrück (German, 1802 -1882)

The Game of Sylphs

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Attributed to Eduard Steinbrück (German, 1802 -1882), Le Jeu des Sylphides [The Game of Sylphs], oil on metal, signed and titled on label verso, 19″ x 15-1/8″ (framed: 21-1/4″ x 17-1/2″)

Eduard Steinbrück was born in Magdebourg, Germany – the capital city of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, situated on the Elbe River. He studied under Wilhelm Wach and became a member and professor at the Berlin Academy.  From 1829 to 1846 he traveled between Berlin, Dusseldorf and Rome. In 1876 he retired to Silesia, where he died six years later. The majority of his works were either religious images or romantic paintings inspired by myths, legends, and literature. His painting Mary Kneeling Before Her Son was commissioned by the Church of St. Jacques in his home town of Madebourg. Two of his paintings are part of the Berlin National Gallery: Children Bathing and Marie with the Elves. His other works include: The Birth of VenusThe Elves, The Nymphs, Red Riding Hood, Undine in a Boat, and Adoration of the Magi, which was included in the 2013 Reinstallation of the Nineteenth-Century Gallery in the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana

Source:  Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Works – A Handbook Containing Two Thousand and Fifty Biographical Sketches, authors: Clara Erskine Clement Waters, Laurence Hutton

Reinstallation of the Nineteenth-Century Gallery: Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana – http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/index.php/spring14/