Artist plates from Lilien Porzellan
The Austrian porcelain factory Lilien Porzellan has released some beautiful collector plates with motifs from the famous painter FG Waldmüllers paintings. An art plate is characterized by the beautiful and natural colours and FG Waldmüllers plates are no exception. On the first plate in the series, we meet a family in the garden. In the window of the house a boy is seated and with great concentration blowing soap bubbles at the rest of the family.
F.G. Waldmüller was born in 1793 and he began painting at an early age. In the beginning he decorated cards and boxes and in 1814 he married singer Catherine Weidner, after which he began as a theater and portrait painter. However his favorite motifs were still landscapes and rural life.
Often artists are becoming famous after their death, but Ferdinand Georg Waldmüllers art was so phenomenal that he lived to witness the recognition. He did not have the same conception of art as many of the old professors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, but both Queen Victoria and Napoleon III was excited about his art and he had exhibitions in England, France and Germany.
Another splendid series of artist plates from Lilien Porzellan shows some of Franz von Defreggers historical paintings. He grew up on a farm in the mountains of Tyrol and this area has always been a great inspiration for his works. He sought at an early age admission to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and was apprenticed to some great history painters. The historical motifs were also his favourite, and in 1878 he prophesied aces at the Art Academy in Munich.
In 1874 his artwork "Grace" was selected as the first motif on the Franz von Defregger plate. His favourite colours were brown, gold and red earth tones, giving motifs a quiet and harmonious expression.