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Eduard von Grützner's Falstaff (1921)
Mönch auf dem weg zur Brotzeit, oil on canvas by Eduard von Grützner.

Eduard Theodor Ritter von Grützner (May 26, 1846 – April 2, 1925) was a German painter and professor of art especially noted for his genre paintings of monks.

Grützner was born in Groß-Karlowitz near Neisse, Upper Silesia and studied under Piloty. He made his career in Munich and was, along with Carl Spitzweg and Franz von Defregger, one of that city's leading genre painters in the second half of the 19th century.

The paintings Grützner is best known for combine detailed academic rendering with humorous and anecdotal subject matter, often depicting monks drinking. He died in Munich in 1925.

Grützner was one of Hitler's favorite painters, Albert Speer quoting him as saying of one of the artist's works that he was "greatly underrated... Believe me, this Grützner will someday be worth as much as a Rembrandt. Rembrandt himself couldn't have painted that better."[1]


Regarding personal names: Ritter is a title, translated approximately as Knight, not a first or middle name. There is no equivalent female form.


  1. ^ Speer, Inside the third Reich, p.44
  • Hector Feliciano, Le musée disparu, Gallimard, 2008 (french edition) p. 34.


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