Wilhelm August Rieder

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Oil portrait painting of Franz Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder, after his own 1825 watercolor portrait, Vienna Museum, 1875

Wilhelm August Rieder (October 30, 1796 – September 8, 1880), was an Austrian painter and draughtsman.

Rieder was born in Oberdöbling, the son of the composer Ambros Rieder (1771–1855). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he first met and befriended Franz Schubert. He subsequently painted a number of Schubert's portraits. He also painted a number of religious and historical themed works.


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  • Art Auction by CJ Wawra : catalog of the artistic legacy of the history painter Wilhelm August Rieder, Vienna: CJ Wawra, 1881.
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  • Prof. August Bangert : The 100th Death of W. A. Rieder, Perchtoldsdorf, 1980.
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