Until far into the 20th century, Bad Gastein after Salzburg was one of the towns that painters chose most offen for their paintings and writers for their stories. From about 1820 numerous paintings in various techniques of the “Wildbad”, as Bad Gastein was called at the time, were produced. At the beginning of Romanticism, with its love for dramatic scenery, Gastein offered an almost inexhaustible wealth of inspiring scenes. Predominant is Bad Gastein’s waterfall, which appears repeatedly from 1800 onwards.
Numerous artists came to Bad Gastein to work here during the following years. Here we must mention Carl Ludwig Viebeck (1817 - 1821) who painted the Straubinger Tavern, the waterfall, the Nassfeld and the Bockhartsee (Lake in the Nassfeld).
From 1825 the “Kammermaler” (court painters*) of Archduke Johann of Austria worked here and a large number of masterpieces were created, mostly watercolour paintings. They were Matthäus Loder (who died in Gastein in 1828), Friedrich Gauermann, and Thomas Ender.
Practically all well-known Austrian painters of the romantic period like Alt and Waldmüller or Romako (Impressionist) painted in Gastein.
Emil Ludwig Löhr (1809 to 1876) from Munich was also very productive, often together with Carl Ludwig Libay.
At the moment the paintings exhibited in the museum are mostly by 19th century painters.
*Renowned painters of the time who accompanied archduke Johann on his journeys.