JOHANN MARTIN FISCHER
THE DREAM OF ST JOSEPH (SECOND VERSION OF A RELIEF FOR THE JOSEF FOUNTAIN IN THE GRABEN, VIENNA)
The Dream of St Joseph is the remarkably well-preserved second version of the relief intended for the principal face of the pedestal of the Josef Fountain in the Graben in Vienna. In 1803 the Mayor of Vienna resolved to replace the fountains of Saints Joseph and Leopold in the Graben, both being in a poor state of repair, and Fischer was commissioned to design and execute both replacements. As in the work of Zauner, that of Fischer still evinces traces of the local stylistic heritage: an orientation to the achievement of Donner, whose Providence Fountain Fischer had restored in 1801 and with whose overall sculptural output he was very familiar. However, although Zauner and Fischer were contemporaries, they progressed in very different directions. The eventually radical Neoclassicism of Zauner, who had trained in Italy, was the opposite of Fischer’s manner, itself a very personal style that was in part still rooted in the late Baroque.
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Johann Martin Fischer
The Dream of St Joseph (second version of a relief for the Josef Fountain in the Graben, Vienna), 1804
Lead-tin alloy
height 99 cm, width 69 cm
Inv.-No. SK907
Provenance: acquired in 2002 by Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein
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