Thursday, December 1, 2011

Defregger, Franz Von

A Young Man in Tyrolean Costume
oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cm (30.0 x 25.0 in)
Private collection

Franz von Defregger (1835 – 1921) was an Austrian artist known mostly for his genre and history paintings.
He was born in Tyrol, the son of a prosperous farmer. In 1860, following his father's death, he sold the family's farm and went to Innsbruck, where he studied with a sculptor. He went to Munich, and then to Paris, where he continued his artistic education autodidactically by a routine of figure drawing and a thorough study of the museums, art collections and studios. In 1865 he returned to Munich, and became a professor of history painting at the Munich Academy. He died in Munich in 1921.