Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Artist as He Imagined Himself Laughing, 1777-81

Tin cast
H. 43.1 x W. 23 x D. 25 cm
(17 x 9 x 9 7/8 in.)
Private Collection, Belgium

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

The Artist as He Imagined Himself Laughing
1777-81
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Artist as He Imagined Himself Laughing, 1777-81
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Capuchin, 1780-83

Lead-tin cast
H. 36.4 x W. 22 x D. 27.5 cm
(14 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 10 7/8 in.)
Galéria mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

"Capuchin"
ca. 1780
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Capuchin, 1780-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Childish Weeping, After 1770

Tin-lead cast
H. 44 x W. 22 x D. 25 cm
(17 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.) 
Szépművészeti Múzeum
(Museum of Fine Arts), Budapest
 

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

Childish Weeping
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Childish Weeping, After 1770
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Afflicted with Constipation, 1771-83

Lead-tin cast
H. 30.2 x W. 22 x D. 22 cm
(11 7/8 x 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.)
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

Afflicted with Constipation
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Afflicted with Constipation, 1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Difficult Secret, 1771-83

Tin cast
H. 43.2 x W. 22.5 x D. 24.5 cm
(17 x 8 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Private Collection, New York

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

The Difficult Secret
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Difficult Secret, 1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Franz von Scheyb, Before 1769

Lead-tin alloy
H. 42 x W. 22.5 x D. 22.5 cm
(16 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 8 7/8 in.)
Wien Museum, Vienna

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

Franz von Scheyb
Before 1769
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Franz von Scheyb, Before 1769
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Ill-Humored Man, 1771-83

Lead-tin cast
H. 38.7 x W. 23 x D. 23 cm
(15 1/4 x 9 x 9 in.)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

The Ill-Humored Man
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Ill-Humored Man, 1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Just Rescued From Drowning, 1771-83

Alabaster
H. 40 x W. 20 x D. 25.5 cm
(15 3/4 x 7 3/8 x 10 in.)
Private Collection, Belgium

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

Just Rescued from Drowning
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Just Rescued From Drowning, 1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Quiet Peaceful Sleep, After 1770

Tin cast
H. 43 x W. 24 x D. 26 cm
(16 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.)
Szépművészeti Múzeum
(Museum of Fine Arts), Budapest

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

Quiet Peaceful Sleep
1777-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Quiet Peaceful Sleep, After 1770
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, A Hypocrite and Slanderer, 1771-83

Metal cast (lead-tin alloy?)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
H. 37 x W. 24.4 x D. 29.5 cm
(14 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 11 5/8 in.)
Purchase, European Scultpure and Decorative Arts Fund; Lila Acheson Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Richardson Gifts, 2010

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

A Hypocrite and Slanderer
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, A Hypocrite and Slanderer, 1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Variation of "Strong Odor," 1771-83

Metal cast (lead-tin alloy?)
H. 48.9 x W. 23 x D. 32 cm
(19 1/4 x 9 x 12 5/8 in.)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

Variation of "Strong Odor"
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Variation of "Strong Odor," 1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Yawner, 1771-83<p> 	b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria

Tin cast
H. 43 x W. 22 x D. 24 cm
(16 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
Szépművészeti Múzeum
(Museum of Fine Arts), Budapest

b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria
d. 1783, Pressburg (today, Bratislava)

The Yawner
1771-83
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Yawner, 1771-83<p> 	b. 1736, Wiesensteig, Bavaria