• Wilhelm Leibl: Influential, But Hard to Pin Down

    11 days ago - By Art Contrarian

    Wilhelm Maria Hubertus Leibl (1844-1900) was enough of an influence on some well-known late-19th century German painters that the label Leibl-Kreis was coined.
    However, as noted here , Leibl himself was greatly influenced by Gustave Courbet. One possible result of this was his usual practice of composing paintings on the fly rather than doing a lot of careful preparatory work as academicians would do. (James Gurney had a short post about Leibl's technique here .)
    This did not prevent Leibl from painting a subject more than once. So while each work might have been done extemporaneously...
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