Ferdinand George Waldmuller was born January 15th 1793 in Vienna, was one of the leading Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period. Waldmuller studied at the Vienna Academy.
He lived in Bratislava, then worked as a teacher of art in the house of Count Gyulay. After his return to Vienna, Waldmuller copied paintings of old masters, and painted portraits, genre subjects, and still-life paintings, but is perhaps best known for his landscape paintings, which in their loving attention to detail illustrate Waldmuller's belief that the close study of nature should be the basis of painting.
Waldmuller became the most significant representative of Biedermeier: he was second to none in depicting nature in delicate colours. Waldmuller later became interested in nature and thus started painting landscape paintings (genre painting). Waldmuller's most notable oil paintings lie in the depiction of nature, where his sense for colours and large knowledge of nature helped him to achieve masterly skills.
Waldmuller was professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna,. However, his views were in opposition to the official doctrines of ideal art promulgated by the Vienna Academy, and after he had published his works on art education, he was forced to retire in 1857. Waldmuller was rehabilitated in 1863.
Waldmuller died in August 23rd 1865 in Hinterbrühl, Austria.