FencingClassics members were among the first to see this up-to-now unknown early work of German Romantic genre painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner surface from oblivion. Now it’s official: It’s indeed a Hübner. And a great re-discovery!.
by J. Christoph Amberger
Baltimore, MD— An unknown painting from the formative period of the German Romantic painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner was recently discovered in the art collection of a private fencing history archive in Baltimore, Maryland.
The oil painting measures 46.5 cm by 60.5 cm and depicts a pair of fencers in the costumes of the early 19th century.
Hübner (born June 17, 1814 in Königsberg; died Dec. 5, 1879 in Düsseldorf, Germany) was a German genre and landscape painter of the Romantic period. He received first art instruction by Professor Johann Eduard Wolff in his home town of Königsberg, which then was part of the kingdom of Prussia. Wolff referred Hübner to the Düsseldorf Academy (Kunstakademie) in 1837, where he studied under Wilhelm von Schadow and Carl Ferdinand Sohn until 1841.