Alfredo Noack

Italian / German (1833 - 1895)
Alfredo Noack Boy with Cow 1880s


Born 1833
Died 1895
Nationalities Italian
Birth place Dresden

Alfredo Noack was born in Dresden but moved to live in Genoa in Italy, where he set up a studio in Vico del Filo. He specialised in taking landscapes for the growing tourist industry. He created images of Italian village life showing scenes of shepherds and cowherds - subjects that had long since become traditional in European painting. At the same time, by representing peasants at work, he was responding to the nineteenth-century Realist movement in art.

Glossary terms

  • Used generally for art that attempts to represent things as they appear. It specifically refers to a mid-nineteenth century movement in France, led by Gustave Courbet, that rejected the sometimes obscure subject matter of academic painting in favour of more accessible scenes of everyday life.