Albert Rieger Art ⓖ

Paintings by Albert Rieger

The Austrian painter Albert Rieger (Vienna-Trieste 1802-1883) is difficult to grasp in the sources. He was born in Trieste, he spent his life in Vienna. He left behind an extensive oeuvre with picturesque European landscapes including alpine subjects, North Sea motifs and depictions of Italian coastlines.

His work was exhibited at exhibitions in Munich and Paris and presented in important collections such as the Museum of Altenburg and in Wroclaw. Crown prince Rudolf purchased two of his landscapes “Am Traunsee” and “Gosausee”. Albert Rieger was awarded both the Gold Austrian Medal and Great Golden Swedish-Norwegian Medal for his works.
At the height of his painting career in the latter half of the 19th century, he went into business with his younger brother Carl to switch instead to the newly emerging photography technology destined to replace realistic painting.

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