Adrian Ludwig Richter Germany

9-28-1803 Dresden, GER – 6-19-1884 Dresden, GER

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Richter, Adrian Ludwig

Adrian Ludwig Richter was the most popular, and in many ways the most typical German illustrator of the middle of the 19th century. His work is as typically German and homely as are the fairy-tales of Grimm. Richter visited Italy from 1823–1826, and his Thunderstorm in the Sabine Mountains at the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt is one of the rare Italian subjects from his brush

In 1828 he worked as designer for the Meissen factory, and in 1841 Adrian Ludwig Richter became professor and head of the landscape atelier at the Dresden Academy, (now Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden). The Dresden Gallery owns one of his best and most characteristic paintings: Bridal Procession in a Spring Landscape. An eye disease put a stop to the practice of his art in 1874; he was pensioned in 1877,

The interest of his uneventful life centers within the circle of his art. As a painter Adrian Ludwig Richter aimed at a thorough blending of the figure element with the landscape and may be judged by the following examples: "Harvest Procession in the Campagna" (1833) and three others in the Leipzig Museum: "Ferry at the Schreckenstein" (1836) and "Bridal Procession in Springtime" (1847), in the Dresden Gallery; "View of the Riesengebirge" (1839), in the National Gallery, Berlin. One of his most notable proteges was Hermann Lungkwitz.

Among his 240 etchings are about 140 views in Saxony, others of Salzburg, Rome, and the Campagna. His individuality is most completely revealed in his 3000 or more drawings.

Art Movement: Romanticism
Influences: Daniel Chodowiecki
Traveled: Italy
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