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Art and architecture | 1850 up to 1900 | Mecklenburg until 1945

Carl Canow: The Singer’s Curse


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  • 1862, oil on canvas, height: 118 cm

The realistic portrait and engrossing genre paintings from the Wismar painter, Carl Canow (1814-1870), still testify today to the civic artistic commitment in Wismar. In the year of death of the poet Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862), Canow brought his popular ballad “The Singer’s Curse” onto canvas.

Away from the artistic centres a wide art scene developed between Romanticism and the “Gründerzeit.” The bourgeoisie became the most important clients: they decorated their homes with genre paintings and ensured their worth through diverse portraits.

Text: S. S.

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Stadtgeschichtliches Museum der Hansestadt Wismar "Schabbell"

Beguinenstraße 4
23966 Wismar