Figure 1.--Paul Weber was noted for his landscspe and animal paintings, but he also did poretaits. This is Paul Weber's son Hermann which was painted about 1886.
Gottlieb Daniel Paul Weber is an important 19th century German artist. He painted under the name Paul Weber and was an especially prolific artist. He was born in Darmstadt. As a boy he developed an interest in asrt. He studied in Frankfort. By the age of 25 he traveled to the United States to Philadelphia. We do not know a lot about his work, but notice portaits incliding portraits of boys.
. He was born in Darmstadt. As a boy he developed an interest in asrt.
He studied in Frankfort.
By the age of 25 he traveled to the United States to Philadelphia. He had a striong associastion with america throughout his career.
Already developed as an artist, he frequently exhibited his pieces at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He would later also exhibit pieces at the National Academy of Design, the Boston Athenaeum, The Brooklyn Art Association, and the Paris Salon. He spent several years traveling, noted as traveling through Scotland and Germany, and used the scenic areas in his work. By 1860 he returned to Darmstadt where he was appointed court painter.
Later he returned to America where he became an instructor at an Art School. It is noted that one of his pupils was the well-known Edward Moran. Between then he returned to Munich, for he died in Germany in 1916 at the age of 96.
We do not know a lot about his work, but notice portaits incliding portraits of boys. He is best known, however, for landscapes and animals. e is now considered in the Hudson River School group. The Hudson river School is often classified by their use of the effects of light, ?to dramatically portray such elements as the mist and sunsets, developed into a subspecialty known as Luminism?. In this grouping are such contemporaries as Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904), Thomas Worthington Whittredge (1920-1910), Robert Scott Duncanson (1821-1872), Willaim Louis Sonntag (1822-1900), Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), William Hart (1823-1894), George Inness (1825-1894), Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), James Mc Dougal Heart (1828-1901), Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902, and so on.
Along with scenic views and the portrayal of animals, Paul Weber also contained a rather quiet art of portraiture.
This particular piece is of his son, Hermann Weber. Although unsigned this is undoubtedly the work of this skilled and talented artist. This painting is accompanied with a notarized letter that has been signed and reads: " I, L. Rexraot, do sell to Jeffery Hess and Hess Fine art several watercolors sketches and pencil drawings and studies by Paul Weber as well as all three paintings, one signed and two unsigned. The two unsigned portraits are of Gertrude Weber, daughter of Paul Weber and Hermann Weber, son of Gottleib Daneil Paul Weber. Also included are several of our families photographs of Paul Weber and Gertrude and Hermann as well as other family pictures and postcards and epehemera. I am the step-granddaughter of Eleanore Blancard who was the granddaughter of Gottlieb Paul Webber and daughter of Hermann Weber, the sitter of the unsigned male child portrait." The painting is very detailed. Paul Weber?s accomplishments with lighting and style are also seen in this piece. The painting is in good condition. There is a small chip in the paint on this charming young boys head. The varnish also needs to be repaired as can be seen in the pictures. The painting measures 18 inches in height by 15 inches in length. It is set in a simple period frame. The frame is in very good condition. The frame measures 20 ½ inches in height by 17 ½ inches in length.
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