10_Church of St Stephen Vienna by Carl_Pippich

The Church of St. Stephan in ViennaCarl Pippich, 1932

Carl Pippich (1862-1932) was an Austrian painter, about whom little is recorded. It’s known that he liked to depict unusual subjects including factories, municipal facilities and the military. His paintings often have a comic element, such as the painting of soldiers refreshing themselves with a drink, titled “Thirsty Throats” in which one of the soldiers is seen drinking from his brass trumpet. He often worked in watercolour. This painting of the church of St. Stephan, a watercolour, was produced in the year that Pippich died.


Carl Pippich [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • How many building materials did you spot in your buildings?
  • How did the placement of the buildings in the painting make you feel?
  • What viewpoint did you choose to stand at?
  • How did your impression of the scene change once you placed yourself inside the picture?
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