Wilhelm Leibl (1844-1900) is one of the most important representatives of realism in Europe, admired by his contemporaries Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), influenced by Edward Manet (1832-1883) and respected by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). He mainly painted portraits and interiors with rural figures. Through regular participation in international exhibitions in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Budapest, Basel, Winterthur, Zurich, New York and Washington, he was regarded as as one of the leading European realists.