Strehlen 1823 - 1908 Berlin
View of Saint Peter from Villa Pamphili
Oil on canvas, 32 x 43,5 cm
Signed and dated lower left: “Blaschnik Roma 1857”
Bibl.: Thieme – Becker IV (“Eigene Mitteil d. Künstlers”) ad vocem
Arthur Blaschnik was mainly a landscape painter.
In 1840 he started his studies attending the Academy of Vienna and later he entered the academy of Munich. In 1852, inspired by paintings made by Carl Rottman (1797 – 1850), he left Austria and moved to Rome. His travel through Italy allowed him to admire the beauties of unique cities like Venice and Florence.
When he arrived in Rome in October 1853, fascinated by the ancient charm of the Eternal City, he started painting an interesting series of views of the Roman Forum and other landscapes. He often left Rome to visit Naples and Capri. The drawings he made during these stays were reproduced and published in “ Leipziger illustrierte Zeitung”, one of the most important German magazines of that time.
Blaschnik lived in Rome for twenty-eight years; then he went back to Germany in 1880 where he settled in Berlin. Shortly before his death in 1908, Blaschnik made a journey to Rome as his last wish.