The Recital (The Lute Player). Johann Hamza (Austrian, 1850-1927). Oil on canvas.
Hamza, following his studies in Vienna, established himself as a painter of figurative genre, narrative works depicting the social life of the wealthy bourgeoisie of Vienna. Many of his works portray weddings and baptisms set in the richly decorated Rococo interiors of churches in Vienna, or social gatherings in the grand Viennese town houses.