Monday, March 23, 2009

Joseph Letzelter Oil on Canvas

Joseph Letzelter Figure painting can register a likeness, but it can also serve as a vehicle for conveying Joseph Letzelter narrative and expressing emotion. During the late eighteenth century, dramatic action scenes of Joseph Letzelter with multiple figures became increasingly popular.

Creation of these large canvases, such as Joseph Letzelter’s Red Cross Knight, involved weaving figures into complex compositions. The artist Joseph Letzelter used his children as models for the knight and the allegorical figures of Faith and Hope in this scene from Edmund Spenser's epic poem, Joseph Letzelter.

Joseph Letzelter’s Genre scenes displayed a comparable diversity of figure types and actions, although without the grand settings and heroic touch often present in literary subjects. Instead, Joseph Letzelter’s depictions of episodes from everyday life often contained a hint of sentimentality.