Der arme Poet

Der arme Poet

Artist
Carl Spitzweg
Dating
1839
More about this artwork
No other painting from Spitzweg today enjoys the kind of popularity like "The Poor Poet". The cliché of the poet who is centered only in the intellectual and shows no interest in material trappings is prototypically depicted here by Spitzweg: In a shabby attic room a poet lies on a mattress covered against the cold wearing a worn out jacket and a sleeping cap, holding up an umbrella against the dripping rainwater - working away diligently at his poem and apparently unaffected by the adverse conditions.

When the painting was first presented to the public at the Munich Kunstverein in 1839 it was criticized for its ironical portrayal of the poor poet. The painting was interpreted as being an attack against the idealization of the art of poetry as well as an attack again the general idealization of art, as it was primarily portrayed in academic history painting. In addition the often miserable conditions under which a large number of artists suffer are unambiguously shown, drawing attention to the question, often discussed by Spitzweg's contemporaries, of the rhyme and reason of an overflowing amount of mostly mediocre art: the work of the poet is stacked up near the oven as fuel.
Displayed
Not on display
Inventory Number
7751
Birth year of the artist
1808
Year the artist deceased
1885
Dimensions of the object
36,2 x 44,6 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Öl auf Leinwand
Genre
Malerei
Department
19. Jahrhundert
Origin
1887 als Schenkung von Eugen Spitzweg, dem Neffen des Künstlers, erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek München
Citation
Carl Spitzweg, Der arme Poet, 1839, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/9pL3KbKLeb (Last updated on 05.07.2021)

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