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CHAPTER II. THE STUDIO OF WILHELM VON KAULBACH. The studio of
Kaulbach is situated in the St. Anna suburb, a suburb resembling
rather a quaint country town than the suburb of a smart little
capital. It is altogether a somewhat out-of-the-way sort of place.
It is a region of stone-masons' yards, mills, and timber-yards. If
you approach from the old part of Munich, you probably pass beneath
some gloomy gateway, and emerging among gardens and
pleasure-grounds, cross some rapidly-running branch of the Isar,
which turns many a noisy mill, and is the resort of washerwomen,
who, leaning over the pleasant water from low plank balconies, wash
their linen, picturesquely and merrily, the whole summer through.
On bright summer mornings, these women, in their gay- colored
boddices and petticoats, furnish forth a succession of beautiful
pictures as they wash their linen, which shines dazzlingly white in
the shower of sunshine and amid the luxuriant grass and
large-leaved plants, which droop their sprays into the stream.
Across a wooden bridge you see passing an old Franciscan friar. He
stops and speaks to that merry group of urchins rushing away from
morning school; and now he says a word to that demure little fair-
haired damsel, who knits as she walks along. The Franciscan comes
from that white convent with its many rowsof windows, and with its
church rising up in the centre, adorned with a gay figure of the
Madonna, standing in a sky-blue niche, and shaded by tall poplars.
Those are promegranates trained up the walls; and there is another
brown monk at one of the windows. And now you find yourself in a
regular little town; among houses, white, pale green, pale pink,
and salmon-colored, with rows of jalousies thrown back, and here
and there bright-colored bedding hanging out of the w...
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