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Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902)

Biography of Austrian painter Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902)

Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902) was born into a large bourgeois family in Innsbruck. Unterberger studied at the Academy of Munich under Clemens von Zimmermann and latterly at the Academy of Dusseldorf - the favoured academy for Scandinavian painters painting abroad.

Consequently, Unterberger was drawn to Scandinavia where in the early 1860s he produced a number of atmospheric mountain scenes.

Following this period, Unterberger moved to Brussels, where he felt the art market was more lucrative. He was to live and work there periodically for most of his life.

Unterberger was becoming by now a truly European artist, travelling extensively from Norway to Sicily, exhibiting throughout Europe in Hamburg, Antwerp, Brussels, Berlin, Stuttgart, Paris, Munich and Vienna as well as in the United States at Philadelphia and Boston.

From the 1870s, Unterberger was painting panoramic Italian scenes, coastal landscapes set in Southern Italy, Capri, Naples, Amalfi, Sorrento, Palermo and views set in Venice. His works suffused with warm Mediterranean light and a shimmering silvery tone.

In 1884, Unterberger exhibited in London at the International Universal Exhibition, in the Austrian section, increasing his huge International reputation with resultant sales and commissions.

Southern Italy and Venetian scenes formed the great majority of his output during the 1890s.

In his later years, Unterberger moved to a studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine where he died on the 25th May 1902.

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Lot FS20/473: Franz Richard Unterberger [1838-1901] - The Gulf of Salerno, Possibly Positano All Saints' Day

Franz Richard Unterberger [1838-1901] - The Gulf of Salerno, possibly Positano All Saints' Day - signed FR Unterberger bottom right oil on canvas 82.5 x 70cm.

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000
Realised: £25,000