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Adolf Eberle

Musikalische Unterhaltung auf der Alm (Musical entertainment in the Alpine pasture, 1914)

Adolf Eberle (11 January 1843 – 24 January 1914) was a German painter who specialised in genre painting, particularly of Bavarian and Tyrolean farmers and huntsmen.


Adolf Eberle: Eine erfolgreiche Jagd

Eberle was born in Munich; his father, Robert Eberle, was also a painter.[1] At the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, he studied under Karl von Piloty beginning in 1860.[1][2] He achieved success the following year with a painting called Pfändung der letzten Kuh (mortgaging the last cow),[3] of which William Unger made an engraving.[1]

After spending some time depicting soldiers in the Thirty Years' War and the Seven Years' War, he returned to subjects from Bavarian and Tyrolean peasant life.[4] At the 1879 international exposition in Munich, his Erster Rehbock (first stag) was well received.[1] A painting of his with the translated title Childhood Fun was sold for $16,800 at Bonhams in San Francisco in 2007,[5] and another with the translated title The Day's Bag for £7,500 at Christie's in London in 2012.[6]

Eberle died in Munich in 1914.[2] In 1952 Eberlestraße in the Solln neighbourhood of Munich was named after him.[7]

Selected works

  • Pfändung der letzten Kuh (1861) (Mortgaging the last cow)
  • Erster Rehbock (1879) (First stag)
  • Feldschule in Wallensteins Lager (field instruction in Wallenstein's camp)
  • Die verunglückte Musikprobe (Music test gone wrong)
  • Der Hochzeitstag (Wedding day)
  • Nach der Taufe (After the baptism)
  • Zitherunterricht (Zither lesson)
  • Das Tischgebet (grace)
  • Verspätetes Mittagessen des heimgekehrten Försters (forester's late lunch after returning home)



  1. ^ a b c d "Eberle, Adolf", Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, Volume 5 Distanzgeschäft – Faidherbe, 4th ed., 1885-92, p. 281, online at Retrobibliothek ‹See Tfd›(in German).
  2. ^ a b Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie Volume 2 Brann – Einslin, 2005 ed., ISBN 9783598250323, p. 799, col.1 ‹See Tfd›(in German).
  3. ^ Hermann Alexander Müller, ed. Hans Wolfgang Singer, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexicon, Volume 1 A - F, 3rd ed. Frankfurt: Rütten & Loening, 1895, OCLC 174779598, p. 382 ‹See Tfd›(in German).
  4. ^ Adolf Rosenberg, Geschichte der modernen Kunst: Die deutsche Kunst 2 1849–1889, Leipzig: Grunow, 1889, OCLC 185569967, p. 70 ‹See Tfd›(in German).
  5. ^ Lot 124, Auction 15410: European Paintings, 7 November 2007, Bonhams, retrieved 19 October 2014.
  6. ^ Sale 6836, Lot 102, 27 September 2012, Christie's, retrieved 19 October 2014.
  7. ^ Eberlestraße, ‹See Tfd›(in German).

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