Spring in the Prater by Tina Blau

Spring in the Prater by Tina Blau
Spring in the Prater by Tina Blau

Tina Blau is something like the representative of the Impressionist style in Vienna. And certainly his art, as can be seen in this canvas from Spring in the Prater, has many points in common with works by Monet orPissarro, but curiously he never contacted them.


Spring at Tina Blau's Prater

The artist was born in the Austrian capital in 1845, into a family of liberal ideals, with money and intellectually advanced. For this reason, they did not object to the girl dedicating herself to painting, and even gave her a private teacher when she was a teenager. On the other hand, something necessary, since she was a girl and she couldn't go to the official school of fine arts.


ella Soon she showed all her talent for landscape painting and as soon as she had the opportunity she undertook various trips around Europe to further improve her art and broaden her horizons. She traveled toTransylvania, in today'sRomania, she also made a long trip through Holland. And the curious thing is that she had all those experiences as a single woman, something unusual in the 19th century. Which gives us an idea of ​​the brave character of this woman. And she also had the fortune that when she married, she married another painterHienrich Lang, who knew how to give his wife the necessary creative freedom

Her style, always painting outdoors,It has been called emotional impressionism. And possibly this paintingSpring in the Praterthat he made in 1883 is the best example. A work that even received an award at the Salon de Paris that year. Although it is true that it was one of the few times that his fame as an artist crossed the Austrian borders.

Without a doubt, the fact of being a woman did not favor him, although that did not intimidate him in his intentions and his attitude towards life. For example, if she had been denied the possibility of entering an artistic school along with other children and young people, when she acquired prestige she decided to open her own female painting academy where she taught from its foundation in 1897 until 1915. That is, almost until his death, since he passed away the following year.

During all those years, she didn't stop painting her landscapes. The vast majority in Vienna, and in parts of the capital such as the Prater Park or the gardens of the various Viennese palaces, such as the Belvedere itself, which currently preserves and exhibits the painting that concerns us here.

But in addition to those places, she has left us numerous works from other places inAustria, both from her alpine area and from places bathed by the great river Danube. Just as he captured with his paintings other areas of Europe, from Italy or Hungary, toBohemia or Munich in Germany where she lived for a time with her husband.

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