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Peter Johann Nepomuk Geiger (11 January 1805 – 29 October 1880) was a Viennese artist.

Born in Vienna, Geiger wanted originally to follow the family tradition and become a sculptor but drawing and painting were his natural element. He illustrated Anton Ziegler’s Vaterländischen Immortellen ("Immortals of the Native Land") of 1839-40. Up to 1848 he carried out numerous illustrations of historical works and poetry but also made oil paintings for the Austrian Royal Family.

Returning from a journey to the Orient with Prince Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph in 1850 he entered a particularly creative period. In 1853 he became Professor of the Viennese Academy of Art. For the Royal Family he made many works including illustrations of Goethe, Friedrich Schiller and William Shakespeare. He also illustrated oriental life.

He died also in Vienna on 29 October 1880.
His erotic drawings are particularly remembered though it is unlikely that they were the typical work of a court painter.

Selected works

  • 1839: Ziegler, Anton. Vaterländischen Immortellen aus dem Gebiete der österreichischen Geschichte. 4 vols. Wien, 1840, 1839.
  • 1843: Magyar-és Edélyország története rajzolatokban: Geschichte Ungarn's und Siebenbürgen's in Abbildungen ...; Geiger Péter N. János akadémiai képirótól; tervezte és magyar 's német nyelven magyarázta Wenzel Gusztáv. 10 vols. Wien, 1843
  • Joseph von Bülow's Memorabilien aus der Europäischen Geschichte für anziehende Weltbegebenheiten, ausgezeichnete Grossthaten, Würdigung der Verdienste von berühmten Männern etc. Aus mehreren Jahrhunderten gesammelt. Mit insgesamt 96 getönten Federlithographien von Johann Nepomuk Geiger auf Tafeln. 2 vols. New York, 1860
  • 1861: Historische Handzeichnungen; mit erklärendem Texte von Gustav Adolph Schimmer; mit neunzig Tafeln. Wien: Aus der kaiserlich-königlichen Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1861
  • Die Schlacht bei Lützen (The battle of Lutzen)
  • Kampf der Tiroler unter Andreas Hofer (The struggle of the Tyrolese under Andreas Hofer)

Bibliography

  • Wiesboeck, Karl L. (1868) Peter J. N. Geiger's Werke; oder, Verzeichniss saemmtlicher Radirungen, lithographischen Feder- und Kreidezeichnungen .... Leipzig: Weigel
  • Geiger, Peter Johann Nepomuk in Constant von Wurzbach Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich, 5. Band. Wien, 1859 (Online version)

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