Biedermeier
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Biedermeier is the term for the style of art that dominated Central Europe between approximately 1815 and 1830/1835. Its name derives from the fictional “Gottlieb Biedermaier,” a pseudonym under which Adolf Kussmaul andLudwig Eichrodt, from 1855, published poems in the satirical magazine Fliegende Blätter, ridiculing what they considered the prissy smugness of the recent past. Biedermeier found its way into scholarly literature as a (disparaging) stylistic term in the 1890s. The style experienced a rehabilitation from the early 20th century [1]; [3]. Specialist studies be…

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Himmelheber, Georg, “Biedermeier”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 April 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017615>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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