Heinrich von Rustige


Artist: Heinrich Franz Gaudenz von Rustige (German, 1810–1900)Title: Travelling Musicians at the CrossroadsMedium: oil on canvas Size: 33 x 48.5 cm. (13 x 19.1 in.)

Heinrich Franz Gaudenz von Rustige (12 April 1810[1] – 15 January 1900) was a German painter specializing in historical subjects and genres.

Life and work

The Romance (1843)

From 1828, he was a student of Wilhelm von Schadow at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. After 1832, he began participating in exhibitions there.[2]

In 1836, he settled in Frankfurt am Main and made that his base for stude


nt trips to Vienna, Dresden, Berlin, France and England. Beginning in 1845, he taught at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, where he also served as "Inspector" of the art gallery and the engraving collections.

From 1865 to 1866 he had his won house built; designed by the architect, Christian Friedrich von Leins. It was demolished in 1951. The relief sculptures of the "Four Seasons", by Bertel Thorvaldsen, which adorned the house, may now be seen at the Städtisches Lapidarium Stuttgart [de].[3] He gave up his teaching post in 1887, but continued as the gallery Director until 1897.

He was awarded the Knight's Cross, First Class of the Order of the Crown (Württemberg), which conferred a title of nobility.[4] In 1890, he was made an Honorary Citizen of Werl.

His works cover a wide range of subject matter, including historical scenes, genre scens, landscapes and portraits. His paintings may be seen at the National Gallery (Berlin), the Städtisches Museum Am Rykenberg [de] and the Museum Kunstpalast.