Adolph von MENZEL (1815-1905) ✿

"Il Piede dell'Artista", 1876 - Olio su pannello -

Adolf von Menzel (German Realist painter, 1815-1905)
Menzel was the leading German artist of the last half of the 19th century. He exhibited his first drawing at the age of 12. His father ran a lithographic printing works; and by the time he was 14, Menzel was contributing illustrations to publications. Active as a printmaker & a dazzling draftsman throughout his prolific career, he turned to oil painting only after he was 30. When visiting Paris, Menzel associated with other artists there including Edgar Degas. He chronicled  life in Berlin. He was knighted in 1898, and received a state funeral upon his death in 1905.

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