Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller (1793 – 1865) was an Austrian painter and writer of the Biedermeier period.

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Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller (1793-1865) was an Austrian painter and writer. Waldmuller was one of the most important Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period.

In 1807 Waldmuller attended the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He lived in Bratislava and, in 1811, he worked as a teacher of arts for the children of Count Gyulay in Croatia. He returned to the Academy of Vienna and studied portrait painting. In 1814 he married the singer Katharina Weidner, and subsequently went on tour with her, working as a set designer.

In 1817 he returned to Vienna and spent much time copying the works of old masters and painting portraits, genre subjects, and still-life. In 1823 he made a portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven. Waldmuller later became interested in nature and started painting landscapes, which in their loving attention to detail illustrate Waldmuller’s belief that the close study of nature should be the basis of painting. These are his most notable works, in which his sense of colour and knowledge of nature helped him to achieve masterly skill.