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Franz Eybl | Reading girl, 1850

Franz Eybl (1 April 1806 - 29 April 1880) was an Austrian painter.
Eybl was born in the Viennese suburb of Gumpendorf at Große Steingasse 136 (today Stumpergasse 55).
By 1816, at the age of ten, he had already entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, studying under Josef Klieber and Josef Mössmer.
Between 1820-1823 he studied under Johann Baptist von Lampi and Franz Caucig, reproducing antique statues and casts.

Until 1828 he studied history painting under Johann Peter Krafft and much of his work shows this.
In 1825 Eybl won the Academy's Gundel Prize and in 1828 the Lampi Prize.

In 1830 he married Antonia Jordan.
In 1843 Eybl became a member of the Academy. Eybl died at his official residence in Belvedere and buried at Vienna's famous Zentralfriedhof where notable figures such as Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert are interred. Eyblweg ("Eybl Way") in Leopoldau, Vienna was named after him in 1933.
He died at the age of 74 in 1880.


Franz Eybl devoted himself to landscape painting and genre works as well as history painting.
After 1840 he became influenced by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller in his use of light.
He painted many portraits, and counted himself one of the most important portrait painters in 19th century Austria alongside Friedrich von Amerling.

Eybl made over 400 lithographic portraits and is comparable with the prolific Josef Kriehuber in this aspect.

Franz Eybl (Vienna, 1º aprile 1806 - Castello del Belvedere, 29 aprile 1880) è stato un pittore Austriaco.
Eybl nacque nel sobborgo viennese di Gumpendorf in Große Steingasse 136 (oggi Stumpergasse 55).
Nel 1816, all'età di dieci anni, entrò all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Vienna, studiando con Josef Klieber e Josef Mössmer.

Tra il 1820-1823 studiò sotto Giovanni Battista Lampi e Francesco Caucig, riproducendo statue e calchi antichi.
Fino al 1828 studiò pittura di storia con Johann Peter Krafft e gran parte del suo lavoro lo dimostra.

Nel 1825 Eybl vinse il Premio Gundel dell'Accademia e nel 1828 il Premio Lampi.
Nel 1830 sposò Antonia Jordan.
Nel 1843 Eybl divenne membro dell'Accademia.

Eybl morì nella sua residenza ufficiale a Belvedere e seppellito nel famoso Zentralfriedhof di Vienna dove sono sepolti personaggi importanti come Beethoven, Brahms e Schubert.