Kupelwieser, Leopold

BORN 17 Oct 1796, Markt Piesting, Niederösterreich - DIED 17 Nov 1862, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Grinzinger Friedhof, 19., An den langen Lüssen 33 (Gruppe 06, Reihe 5, Nummer 2)

Leopold Kupelwieser was the son of Johann Baptist Kupelwieser (1760-1813), a co-owner of a factory in Markt Piesting in Lower Austria. The sculptor Franz Anton von Zauner recognized his talent when he was very young and in 1809 he was admitted to the Art Academy in Vienna. In 1824 he stayed in Rome where he created drawings for the Russian nobleman Alexander Beresin. Friedrich Overbeck and other Nazarenes were influences at theat time. After Beresin's death he returned to Vienna, where he became a portrait painter and as well as a history painter. He was a friend of Franz Schubert and they often stayed at Schloss Atzenbrugg with other friends. Kupelwieser is now best remembered for his images of the circle of friends around Schubert.

On 17/09/1826 Kupelwieser married Maria Lutz (b.1803) and Schubert is supposed to have dedicated his "Kupelwieser-Walzer" to him at that occasion. He and Maria had many children, among them the lawyer and forester Karl (1841-1925) and the industrialist Paul (1843-1919). In 1836 he became professor of history painting in Vienna. His main works are religious alterpieces and frescoes in Vienna and other places. After his death in Viernna he was buried at the Währinger Friedhof. On 30/03/1883 his remains were transferred to the Grinzinger Friedhof.

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The grave of Leopold Kupelwieser at the Grinzing Cemetery in Vienna.
Picture by androom (15 Aug 2006)


• Pleyel, Peter, Friedhöfe in Wien, Vom Mittelalter bis Heute, Pichler Edition, Wien, 1999
Leopold Kupelwieser – Wikipedia

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Published: 17 Dec 2022
Last update: 17 Dec 2022