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Anton Romako,

1832 Atzgersdorf (near Vienna) - 1889 Vienna

Oil on Canvas
76 x 68 cm
signed and inscribed lower right: "A. Romako. / Roma."

Literature: F. Novotny, "Der Maler Anton Romako. 1832 - 1889", Wien-München 1954, p. 31; Exhib.-cat. „Der Außenseiter Anton Romako 1832-1889. Ein Maler der Wiener Ringstraßenzeit.“, Österr. Galerie Belvedere, Vienna 1992, p. 41, ill. 12; Cornelia Reiter, "Anton Romako 1832-1889 / Pionier und Außenseiter der Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts / Werkverzeichnis", Vienna 2010, cat. rais. no. 104

Provenance: Sir Ernest Makins, London; H. F. Makins, London; Dorotheum, Vienna; Private Collection, Vienna


Anton Romako studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts from 1847. In 1848 he went to Munich to study under Wilhelm Kaulbach and did not return to the Vienna Academy until late in 1850. He subsequently studied under Carl Rahl, whom he followed to his private school in 1851 and assisted with the design of the Ruhmeshalle in Vienna’s Arsenal military complex. In 1857 Romako moved to Rome where he stayed until 1876. During this time he regularly sent canvases to exhibitions in Vienna. He spent the rest of his life in Vienna but travelled frequently. Romako had a fresh take on art, he developed new and convincing techniques which, however, escaped the grasp of his contemporaries. He explored reality by liberally applying various stylistic elements, by creating ever new compositions and by analysing the characters in his portraits from a psychological point of view. Romako’s artistic preferences ranged from genre painting to history painting (for example, arguably his most important painting, “Tegetthoff at the Battle of Lissa” now displayed at the “Österreichische Galerie” in the Belvedere) and from landscapes and motifs of allegorical and mythological nature to portraits. The genre of portrait painting in particular he believed to have had a decisive influence on the art of the early 20th century, which saw Expressionism gain in strength.

Italian Shepherd at a little Chapel
Oil on canvas
59 x 40,7 cm
signed and inscribed lower left: A. Romako à Roma

Literature: F. Novotny, Der Maler Anton Romako. 1832 - 1889, Wien-München 1954, cat.rais. no. 111; Cornelia Reiter, Anton Romako 1832-1889 / Pionier und Außenseiter der Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts / Werkverzeichnis, Vienna 2010, cat.rais. no. 180

Provenance: Vienna, 278. Artauction at Wawra´s (Collection Count Somssich), April 7th to 9th 1924, no. 225, ill. plate XLII; private Collection, Austria

The little Bubble-Blowers
Oil on Canvas
55,5 x 73 cm

Literature: to compare: cat.rais. nos. 268, 269, 270 and 440

Provenance: Private Collection, Vienna