Saturday, September 5, 2015

Felix Ivo Leicher

Saint Joseph Calasantius before the Virgin
oil on canvas
182 x 115 cm
Domokos Kuny Museum, Tata, Hungary

Felix Ivo Leicher (1727-1812) was a Czech-born Viennese painter of altarpieces and secular works, which was spread to a wide area throughout the Habsburg Empire and beyond. He was apprenticed to a weaver, and later studied cutlery at school but the painting excited him and it became his entire life. From 1751 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and, in 1754, he won second prize in the academic competition, which made him a supported member of the Academy.

In many places, he painted altarpieces in churches with frescoes. There is now no doubt that many of his works are still hidden in anonymity in various churches and collections. In the latter part of the 18th century he devoted himself also to creating smaller cabinet paintings with secular themes.