Robert Wilhelm Emil Heck
A Swabian Family in Church
Oil on canvas, 44 1/4 × 58 3/4 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: “R. Heck. 1867.”
Born in Stuttgart, Robert Wilhelm Emil Heck was primarily a painter of genre scenes,
portraits, and religious subjects. In 1849 he traveled with an itinerant preacher
throughout Swabia, in southwestern Germany, later returning to Stuttgart, where
he studied with Heinrich Rustige (1810–1900) at the Academy of Fine Arts. Heck
won first prize for a genre painting at an exhibition in 1855. He visited France
and Italy and in 1863 was in Rome, painting architectural ruins and other classical
subjects. He exhibited in Berlin and Vienna in 1866 and 1873.
The kings of Würtemberg and Prussia owned paintings by Heck. His paintings are
in private collections in Germany, England, and the United States; in the German
National Museum in Stuttgart and the Sydney Museum, which owns a painting of a
subject similar to A Swabian Family in Church.
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