Wendelin Moosbrugger

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Wendelin Moosbrugger: Self-Portrait in Rococo Costume, around 1780 (Vorarlberger Landesmuseum Bregenz)

Wendelin Moosbrugger , also Wendelin Mosbrugger , (born October 20, 1760 Rehmen, district of Au, Vorarlberg ; † August 20, 1849 in Aarau , Switzerland) was a German portrait and miniature painter . He came from the Moosbrugger family, famous for their builders, plasterers and painters .


Even as a child, Wendelin Moosbrugger showed a special talent for drawing and painting. He was trained in Constance and initially worked as a "carpenter". The elector in Mannheim brought him to the academy to let him study further. He was based in Constance from 1794, but also worked in Karlsruhe and Vienna as well as for the court in Stuttgart ; in Cologne royal, princely and private people sat as models for him. However, the political times were also favorable for a court portraitist. The German princes, who were elevated to kings by Napoleon, wanted to be immortalized with brush and paint, so he portrayed King Friedrich I of Württemberg with his wife and Napoleon's brother Jérome, King of Westphalia. King Friedrich appointed Wendelin Moosbrugger as a royal portrait court painter in 1810.

Wendelin Moosbrugger manufactured a. a. the altarpieces in his birthplace Rehmen.


Wendelin came from the marriage of the miller Leopold Moosbrugger from Rehmen and Anna Katharina geb. Charcoal burner. His first wife Anna Schärtker von Arbon from Thurgau, whom he married in 1795, died almost two years later giving birth to their son Leopold Moosbrugger (1796–1864), who later became known as a mathematician.

Wendelin then married Anna Maria Huetlin from Constanz (1774–1829) in 1802. From this marriage eleven children were born, u. a.


The Barxel family in Konstanz (1816)
Anna Maria Moosbrugger (1820)
The children of Joseph Beutter-Gehring (1831)

Wendelin Moosbrugger, appointed royal portrait court painter by King Friedrich von Württemberg, made a name for himself with his subtle and psychological portraits. Their sober, factual description clearly set them apart from the pathos and idealizing elegance of courtly portrait painting. The realism of the portrait of his second wife, Anna Maria, geb. Hüetlin (1774–1829), in which he did not shy away from reproducing the beginning aging of her face.

  • Anna Maria Moosbrugger, b. Hüetlin , portrait oil on canvas around 1820, Augustinermuseum Freiburg
  • Family in the garden (Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen)
  • Altarpiece (high altar of the Rehmen church, around 1800)
  • Stations of the Cross in the Church of St. Fridolin , Stetten
  • Samuel Thomas Soemmerring , portrait oil on canvas, around 1813
  • St. Peter and Paul , Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul in Konstanz-Litzelstetten
  • Ignaz Heinrich and Johann Philipp Freiherrn von Wessenberg
  • The Barxel family in Constance , 1816
  • The children of Joseph Beutter-Gehring , 1831
  • Altarpiece in the Kuratienkirche St. Josef (in Au / Rehmen ), around 1800
  • Constance harbor during and after the Seegförne in 1830


Web links

Commons : Wendelin Moosbrugger  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Date according to ADB
  2. ^ A b c Hermann Gsteu: The painter Wendelin Moosbrugger. In: Our home Au. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009 ; Retrieved May 13, 2013 .
  3. a b Portrait of Anna Maria Moosbrugger, geb. Hüetlin, around 1820, oil on canvas. Augustinermuseum Freiburg, archived from the original on June 26, 2009 ; Retrieved May 12, 2013 .
  4. [1] , "Gallery Zeller"
  5. [2] , "Church of St. Fridolin"
  6. St. Peter and Paul Litzelstetten , accessed on May 13, 2013
  7. ^ [3] , "Freiherrn von Wessenberg" (watercolor on ivory, Augustinermuseum Freiburg)