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German romanticist painter Carl Spitzweg is one of the best-known artists of the Biedermeier period. He specialized in genre subjects such as hunting, fishing, and dancing. His paintings are considered among the finest examples of Biedermeier art.

Born in 1814 in Frankfurt, Spitzweg studied at the Nationalgalerie zu Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Upon graduation, he practiced as a pharmacist in his home town. While recovering from an illness, he turned to painting. While still recovering from a stroke, he began to produce paintings. As a self-taught artist, he began by copying Flemish masters. He exhibited his first works in satirical magazines. His popularity as an artist helped him receive an inheritance from his father, a wealthy merchant.

The satirical work of Carl Spitzweg is among his most popular. While a pharmacist by trade, he also studied various other European artists. His work focuses on eccentric characters and occult subjects. Its popularity led to the musical comedy Das kleine Hofkonzert by Edmund Nick, and he is buried in the Alter Sudfriedhof in Munich. But this is not the only thing about Spitzweg's art that is still popular today.

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