Johann Caspar Schneider
Two Rhenish Landscapes
Oil on copper. Each 55 x 70 cm.
Signed and dated lower center: C. Schneider. 1820.
Johann Caspar Schneider's long artistic career (he was born in 1753 and died in 1839) was closely tied to his hometown of Mainz, and to the tumultuous events of his era. He trained at the Court of the Archbishop of Mainz, and soon became a well-respected landscape and portrait painter. He gained both aristocratic and bourgeoisie patrons, and was particularly well-known for his depictions of local landscapes. War and political upheaval forced him to flee from Mainz for some time, but he returned for good in 1797. These two paintings belong in the artist's later period and are dated to 1820, but build on the 18th century tradition of the Arcadian landscape.
Private ownership, South Germany.