Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach

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Anselm Friedrich Feuerbach

German Neoclassical painter and author

Born 1829 - Died 1880

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FEUERBACH, ANSELM (1829-1880), German painter, born at Spires, the son of a well-known archaeologist, was the leading classicist painter of the German 19th-Century school. He was the first to realize the danger arising from contempt of technique, that mastery of craftsmanship was needed to express even the loftiest ideas, and that an ill-drawn colored cartoon can never be the supreme achievement in art. After having passed through the art schools of Dusseldorf and Munich, he went to Antwerp and subsequently to Paris, where he benefited by the teaching of Couture, and produced his first masterpiece, Hafiz at the Fountain in 1852. He subsequently worked at Karlsruhe, Venice (where he fell under the spell of the greatest school of colorists), Rome and Vienna. He was steeped in classic knowledge, and his figure Compositions have the statuesque dignity and simplicity of Greek art. Disappointed with the reception given in Vienna to his design of The Fall of the Titans for the ceiling of the Museum of Modelling, he went to live in Venice, where he died in 1880. His works are to be found at the leading public galleries of Germany; Stuttgart has his Iphigenia; Karlsruhe, the Dante at Ravenna; Munich, the Medea; and Berlin, The Concert, his last important picture. Among his chief works are also The Battle of the Amazons, Pietá, The Symposium of Plato, Orpheus and Eurydice and Ariosto in the Park of Ferrara.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.

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    student of

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    • Hynais, Vojtech (1854-1925)

    Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

    Image courtesy of Don Kurtz