NORBERT JOSEPH CARL GRUND

ON THE ICE

1717 Prague - 1767
Oil onPanel
20,5 x 24,5 cm

Essay

Norbert Grund was born in Prague as the son of a painter. His father Kristián was  court painter for the Kolowrat family. Though he encouraged the talents of his son, Norbert received his formation in Vienna as scholar of the genre and landscape - painter Frans de Paula Ferg. De Paula Ferg was strongly influenced by Dutch painting. 

This preference was inherited by Norbert Grund. After some short journeys to Italy and Germany he returned to Prague and absorbed the period motifs of the refined Roccoco. His balanced compositions and delicate comments on the present as well as mythological themes are of outstanding workmanship. Regarding the quality of his works it is not surprising that he became highly successful in his time. He painted in rather small scales and had a large variety of topics. Grund's delicate miniatures have always been in demand by collectors.


Provenance

Jindrich Waldes Collection, 1918
National Gallery in Prague, 1945
By restitution to the descendants, 1996

Exhibition:
"Prague Baroque", Art Forum 1938