Anton Hansch (born 24 March 1813 in Vienna; died 8 December 1876 in Salzburg) was an Austrian painter. He was a pupil of Josef Mössmer (1780-1845) at the Academy of Vienna, and afterwards traveled and studied in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. His works consist of landscapes remarkable for composition and careful detail.
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‘Weite Flusslandschaft im Abendlicht’
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‘Blick vom Gosausee auf den Dachstein’
‘Eiger Mönch Jungfrau’
'Österreichischer Bergsee mit Staffage’
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He came from an old Viennese family. From 1834 onwards, study tours, often with his friends, took him to the Alpine region. Before his first successes as a painter in 1836, Hansch coloured cheap prints. After 1848, the artist, who had meanwhile become a member of the Vienna Academy, changed to larger formats and attracted the attention of the imperial family with spectacular motifs, such as high-Alpine landscapes. The ensuing years were marked by success. In 1860, Hansch, who was influenced by Alexandre Calame, won the first prize for landscape painting at the Vienna Academy. This was followed by major exhibitions of his works. In 1873, the artist lost his entire fortune in the stock market crash and retired to Salzburg. His sudden death put an end to his plan to set up a school of landscape painting in Salzburg.
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Alpine panorama with a waterfall
Anton Hansch is the most important alpine and mountain painter of Austria in the second half of 19th Century. His paintings are usually idealizing and heroic. Study trips, often together with its friend Friedrich Gauermann, led him to the alpine region. In 1848 Hansch became a member of the Viennese academy and in 1861 the house of artists. In 1875 he moved to Salzburg, where he died one year after.