Happy Birthday Ferdinand Waldmuller! Austrian (1793) born, Waldmuller was a Romantic painter of primarily portraits. He studied the Viennese masters, copying their work. Later, Waldmuller became immersed in painting landscapes in great, meticulous detail, as exemplified in Dog by a Basket of Grapes. Disputes arose about his preoccupation with painting nature (it did not fit with their credo) and he was eventually removed from his position as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He was eventually "forgiven" and was knighted in the 1860s. He continued painting incredible portraits and landscapes until his death in 1865.