(Vienna 1812 – 1905 Vienna)


Rudolf von Alt was born into a family of artists, his father as well as his brother both were painters too. Even as a child he helped his father in his workshop by coloring his lithographies. A career as a painter seemed somewhat logical. Rudolf von Alt studied at the Wiener Akademie, nowadays the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, from 1825 until 1832 and exhibited here in 1830. Together with his father he made several long study trips and visited the countries of the former Danube Monarchy. He kept on travelling trough all of his life and visited the Crimea, Germany and Italy later. Because of the close working relationship the works of this early period are difficult to seperate from those of his father. The year of the revolution in 1848 brought some changes for Rudolf von Alt. He was working as a guardsman in the beginning but the situation soon became more dangerous and Rudolf von Alt decided to flee Vienna and went to Traismauer in Lower Austria. In the same year he became a member of the Academy, which was  confirmed by the Emperor in 1866, and became a professor in 1879. In 1897 Rudolf von Alt was a founding member of the Vienna Secession and became its honorary president in the very same year. Also in 1897 Rudolf Alt was ennobled and became a knight.

The artists exceptional arthistorical importance is based on his masterly painted water colors. He painted more than 1000 of those, which impress by their topographical accuracy as well as by their precise and detailed depiction of architectur.

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