Carl Friedrich Lessing Germany
2-15-1808 Breslau, GER – 1-4-1880 Karlsruhe, GERBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Carl Friedrich Lessing was a pupil of Heinrich Anton Dähling at the Berlin Academy. He first devoted himself to landscape. In his the period of his artistic career Lessing was influenced by the landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich: his themes he depicted were castle ruins, forgotten cemeteries, rugged rock formations, which he inhabited with figures of monks, knights and thieves. In 1826 he obtained a prize with his Cemetery in Ruins.
He accompanied Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow to Düsseldorf, where he continued his studies, devoting himself to historical paintings. In 1830, when Schadow went to Italy, Carl Friedrich Lessing occupied his place as director of the academy, exercising great influence on the Düsseldorf school of painting. His picture Das trauernde Königspaar (Mourning Royal Couple) brought him great popularity. In 1837, he received a gold medal at Paris; he was a member of the Berlin Academy and was the recipient of several orders. In 1858 he was appointed director of the gallery at Karlsruhe, where he continued his activity as a painter until his death in 1880.
Carl Friedrich Lessing stands on the threshold between idealism and realism: his romantic and poetic form of conception has been combined with a thorough study of nature. Neither of the contemporaries has depicted the German forest and the wild rocky regions so poetically and at the same time as natural. Lessing was also known and loved by the general public through countless reproductions in the early Wilhelminian period magazines.
Art Movement: Romanticism
Influences: Heinrich Anton Dähling, Caspar David Friedrich