A romantic artist, Franz Richard Unterberger found great joy and success in painting. Known widely for his epic, vast, visual landscapes of the Immortal City of Venice, the architecture of Naples, and the pristine beauty of the Amalfi Coast; at heart he sought to portray his personal credo, “il puro vero” - pure truth. By contrasting the magnificent architecture of locations with the daily activities of local people, he developed into an artist that had something special to offer to his growing world audience.
Unterberger began his art studies in the Munich Academy and then went on to study with Albert Zimmerman, followed by time with Andreas Achenbach in Dusseldorf. Their friendship continued after, and they traveled to Norway in 1860 and traveled through England, Scotland and Denmark as well. In 1864 Unterberger settled into a house in Brussels. From there he would summer in Paris’ exclusive Neuilly-sur-Seine district, and travel often to Venice, Naples, Southern Italy and Sicily, always painting.
Highly romantic views of famous locations, full of human activity and showing beautiful, warm atmospheres are recognized in his works. He used delicate touches of color to create luminist paintings of depth and broad vistas, often visualized from an elevated viewers point of perspective. His works of Venice and Amalfi have always been in the highest demand.
Painting in the last quarter of the 19th Century while worldwide travel was becoming the rage of the rising middle class, the majority of Unterberger’s paintings were purchased privately, and remain so, selling for substantial sums when one does come available.