Wilhelm Leibl (1844-1900) is regarded as one of the most significant portraitists and an important representative of Realism in Europe. With large-format illustrations of 40 paintings and 60 drawings this volume accompanies the first comprehensive museum exhibition with a focus on portraits and representations of figures to be shown in Switzerland and Austria.
Wilhelm Leibl explained his individual and modern figure painting with his retreat to the countryside. For Leibl the decisive factor was not that a model was attractive, but that he or she was shown in a good light.
The publication highlights in insightful contributions Leibl’s position between tradition and modernity, his contribution to European Realism and his affinity for the colour black. It also discusses his relationship to Degas, his links with Hungary and his importance for the art of the twentieth and twenty-first century.