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date: 12 November 2019

Sigrist, Franzlocked

(b Alt Breisach, May 23, 1727; d Vienna, Oct 21, 1803).
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(b Alt Breisach, May 23, 1727; d Vienna, Oct 21, 1803).

Austrian painter and etcher. His early work was influenced by Paul Troger and Josef Ignaz Mildorfer, through whom he also learnt about Venetian art. In this period he sought to create an impression of space by painterly means, using light to add drama, as in the Death of St Joseph (c. 1750–53; Vienna, Belvedere) and the etching Young Tobias Healing his Blind Father with the Gall-bladder of a Fish (1752; Vienna, Albertina). Sigrist was in Augsburg from 1754 to 1763. Here he broke away from Troger’s ideal of colour and form and under Johann Wolfgang Baumgartner’s influence drew closer to the more relaxed South German Rococo concept of the picture, for example in the Recovery of the Body of St John Nepomuk (c. 1758–9; Welden, Votivkirche St Thekla). Light continued to play an important role in supporting the composition and in separating the content of the picture into its component parts, but the colours lost their heaviness and took on tender, refracted tones. Sigrist also turned to fresco painting, of which the best example is his work for the former Benedictine abbey church at Zwiefalten (...

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