The Family of Mr. Westphal in the Conservatory

Eduard Gaertner German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 807

This light-filled conservatory belonged to the prosperous Berlin wool merchant Christian Carl Westphal, a passionate horticulturist. The stark glass structure here serves as a Biedermeier day-room for his family. Gaertner was the preeminent painter of Berlin’s grand new boulevards, but this is one of only four interior scenes he is known to have painted; it may have been owned by Westphal, who was his landlord.

The Family of Mr. Westphal in the Conservatory, Eduard Gaertner (German, Berlin 1801–1877 Zechlin), Oil on canvas

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