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Europeans & Americans Abroad; Philadelphia Collection 73; September 2004
 
 
painting
 
Robert Wilhelm Emil Heck
(German, 1831–1889)
A Swabian Family in Church, 1867
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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