Richard Schwager

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Johann Richard Schwager (born September 14, 1822 in Duppau , Bohemia , † September 8, 1880 in Rodaun , Vienna) was an Austrian painter.


Schwager was born in Duppau in 1822 as the son of the bourgeois tanner master Johann Schwager (1798–1871) and his wife Rosalia Tobisch (1794–1877). He had a twin brother named Wenzl Wilhelm († 1822). His mother comes from the Bohemian farmer and scholar family Tobisch . After training as a pharmacist, Schwager began studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1847 . Johann Ender and Leopold Kupelwieser were among his teachers .

Schwager joined the circle of miniature painters around Moritz Daffinger and was accepted into the Austrian Society of Fine Artists in 1851 .

His work consists primarily of commissioned portrait paintings, for which he also traveled to France, England, Belgium, Russia and the German states. He created a variety of miniature portraits of wealthy citizens and members of noble houses. On behalf of Emperor Franz Joseph I , he made a miniature of Empress Elisabeth in 1854 . Brother-in-law was also a royal court painter. Today his works are mostly in private hands and can occasionally be found at art auctions. Schwager showed special artistry in depicting childlike faces.

In 1958 Schwagergasse in Vienna- Liesing was named after him.

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  1. ^ SOA Plzeň, baptism entry in the church book of Duppau, s. 113. [1]