Hans Makart Paintings
Sinnbild des Frohlichen Lebensgenusses [Symbol of the Merry Life], 1884
Oil on canvas, 76.77 x 35.43 inches [195 x 90 cm]
The enthusiasm of the time, the splendour of the fetes over which Makart presided, and the very obvious appeal of his huge compositions in their glowing richness of colour, in which he tried to emulate Rubens, made Makart appear a very giant to his contemporaries in Vienna, and indeed in all Austria and Germany. The appearance of each of Makart's ambitious historical and allegorical paintings was hailed with enthusiasm - the "Catherina Cornaro," "Diana's Hunt," "The Entry of Charles V. into Antwerp," "Abundantia," "Spring," "Summer," "The Death of Cleopatra" and the "Five Senses."