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Phillip Otto Runge – Wife and Son of the Artist

Artist

Phillip Otto Runge was born on July 23, 1777 in Wolgast and died on December 2, 1810 in Hamburg. He was the most important German painter of the early romantic after Casper David Friedrich. Runge was able to assert himself against his father, who was a businessman and ship owner, to become a painter. He moved to Hamburg in 1795 and was able to gain access to his brother’s circle of friends, where he met poet Mathhias Claudius and Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. He studied painting in among other places, Dresden and Copenhagen. That is where got in contact with Casper David Friedrich and Ludwig Tieck. Runge was not just a painter. He also wrote the two fairy tales “Van den Machandelboom” and “Van den Fischer and his Wife” and put them at Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm’s disposal. Runge created the first three dimensional colour system in his art theory lessons with Goethe. He titled it “Farbenkugel” (“colour ball”). Runge died at the age of 33 of a pulmonary tuberculosis, which he caught when he was a little child.

Artwork

The painting “Artist’s wife and son” by Phillip Otto Runge was created in 1807. It shows his wife Pauline Susanna Bassenge, a native Hugenottin from Dresden, with their common child Sigismund. The painting measures 73.0 x 97.0 cm (width x height).

Brief description

Pauline Runge, the wife of the artist, is carrying her son in her arms. She’s looking at her child, who is looking at the observer of the picture. He is holding a yellow fruit in his left hand and his right hand is laying of the breast of his mother. The classicist picture seems expressively strange from the hard brush strokes designing the trees behind Sigismund’s head, as well as the moving clouds in a deep blue sky behind Pauline’s head. Mother and child were not idealized, but were rather painted close to reality.

Genre & Material

Painting of classiscism. Painted with oil on a canvas.

Where can I find this in Berlin?

In the Alten Nationalgalerie on the Museuminsel, Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin-Mitte. To find out how to get there, please click the link below the description

Pauline Runge, the wife of the artist, is carrying her son in her arms. She’s looking at her child, who is looking at the observer of the picture. He is holding a yellow fruit in his left hand and his right hand is laying of the breast of his mother. The classicist picture seems expressively strange from the hard brush strokes designing the trees behind Sigismund’s head, as well as the moving clouds in a deep blue sky behind Pauline’s head. Mother and child were not idealized, but were rather painted close to reality.

Hier geht es zu dem Museum in Berlin, in dem Sie dieses Meisterwerk finden

ART@Berlin: Phillip Otto Runge – Wife and Son of the Artist

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