- LEIBL, Wilhelm
- Wilhelm Leibl was a Cologne painter who was the leader of German Realism in the late 19th century. He met Courbet in Munich at the time of Courbet's exhibition in 1869, and later spent six months in Paris before the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War (1870). His technical experiments included the use of tempera to obtain an enamel-like surface, and the minuteness of his handling can be seen in his masterpiece Three Women in a Village Church (1878-82: Hamburg). He lived in Bavarian villages and used peasant models, thus exerting great influence on Thoma and the School of Munich.
Many German museums possess examples, including Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Munich.
- Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)
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