Franz de Paula Ferg

1689-1740 Austria/Rococo

 

Brief Biography-Franz de Paula Ferg, painter of ruins and conversations, was born in Vienna in 1689. His father who was a painter, had him trained for four years under an artist whom he eventually was not satisfied with. He took him under his own instruction and tutored him on historical subjects. He was influenced by the prints of S├ębastien Leclerc and Jacques Callot. He subsequently studied under Hans Graff and went on to work under Joseph Orient with whom he spent three years. In 1718, he served in the court of Bamberg where he achieved considerable success with his paintings. In Dresden, he worked with Alexander Thiele the renowned landscape artist, inserting staffage.
He moved to London where his works were received well, however, he entered a troublesome marriage which led to sizable domestic problems. He began to sell his paintings at reduced prices out of urgency and eventually became pursued by debtors. He hid in various parts of London until he was found dead on the street outside his dwellings. It was suspected he may have died from starvation and poor health.

 

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a
classical landscape

a classical landscape

an italianate village
landscape

an italianate village landscape

classical
landscape

classical landscape

italianate landscape
with figures

italianate landscape with figures by classical ruins

italianate village
landscape

italianate village landscape


market day

market day

on the way to
emmaus

on the way to emmaus


rest

rest

ruin landscape with
resting hikers

ruin landscape with resting hikers