|Too Much, Edward von Grutzner|
|Eduard von Grutzner, ca 1875,|
William Merritt Chase
|Cardinal with Singing and Drinking White Fathers, Eduard von Grutzner|
|Monk with a Beard, 1878, Eduard|
von Grutzner, one of his earlier
monks, apparently stone cold sober.
|Gossip in the Monastery, 1887, Eduard von Grutzner|
--funny, but not very flattering.
|The Cardinal, Eduard Grutzner|
|Mephisto, Eduard von Grutzner|
|The Hunter, |
Eduard von Grutzner
There's no indication as to how or why Grutzner came to paint the stereotypical beer-brewing, wine-making, over-imbibing friendly friars frolicking in free-flowing fruit of the vine. (The "why" probably involved the fact they sold well.) Likewise, there is very little in the way of chronology through which to trace backward the evolution of Grutzner's most popular content. (That's not unusual for relatively minor artists with high output, who market their work largely on their own.) Critics during his career ranked him as one of the three best genre painters in Munich along with Carl Spitzweg (easily his equal) and Franz von Defragged (who was definitely not).
|Angoria behind the Scenes, 1870, Eduard von Grutzner|
|Falstaff, 1921, Edward von Grutzner|
The Catastrophe, Eduard von Grutzner
|The Catastrophe (detail)|