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Europeans & Americans Abroad; Philadelphia Collection 73; September 2004
 
 
painting
 
Joseph Munsch
(German, 1832–1896)
Asking the Way
Oil on canvas, 24 × 30 inches
Signed at lower left: “J. Munsch”
Stencil (dealer, obscured by lining, copied onto new canvas) on canvas verso: “HENRY WIMMER/GALLERY OF FINE ART/MUNICH”

Joseph Munsch, who received his training at the Royal Academy in Munich under Philipp von Foltz (1805–1877), belongs to the school of Munich artists whose style evolved from that of the Biedermier painters of the earlier part of the century, including Friedrich Schwörer (1833–1891), Eduard Schwoiser (1826–1902), and Wilhelm Hauschild (1827–1887). A specialist in genre and historical subjects, Munsch painted frescoes in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. His paintings were also acquired for the royal palaces of Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein. This painting bears the label of the well-respected Munich dealer Henry Wimmer, who had a large American clientele during the nineteenth century.


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