August von Pettenkofen

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"Zigeunerkinder" (Gypsy Children), 22 × 27 cm (Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg)

August von Pettenkofen (10 May 1822 – 21 March 1889) was an Austrian painter.


His father was a merchant and landowner. After his father's death, he grew up with the family of his cousin Ferdinand von Saar in Vienna. In 1834, he became a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied with Leopold Kupelwieser and Franz Eybl. At this time, he painted genre works in typical Biedermeier style.

During the Revolutions of 1848, he became a military painter in the style of Carl Schindler. While performing his duties, he spent some time in Szolnok, Hungary; an area which left a great impression on him and led to his style becoming more picturesque. In 1852, he went to Paris and came under the influence of the Barbizon school.

He was admitted as a member of the Vienna Academy in 1866 and, in 1872, became an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 1876, he was knighted. Between 1870 and 1880, he took annual trips to Venice. He died at the "Sanatorium Loew" in Vienna in 1889. That same year, a street in Landstraße was named after him. In 1893, he was buried in a grave of honor, designed by Viktor Tilgner, at the Zentralfriedhof.

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