Adolf Schreyer Biography | Oil Paintings
7-9-1828 Frankfurt, GER – 7-29-1899 Kronberg, GERBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Adolf Schreyer studied art first at the Städel Institute in his native town, and then at the Düsseldorf Academy. He painted many of his favorite subjects in his travels in the East. He first accompanied Maximilian Karl, sixth Prince of Thurn and Taxis through Hungary, Wallachia, Russia, and Turkey, then, in 1854, he followed the Austrian army across the Wallachian frontier as an artist-reporter, assigned to cover the Crimean War. In 1859 he went to Egypt and Syria, and in 1861 to Algiers. It was in Algeria, that would change the course of Schreyer's career, and his life. While there, Adolf Schreyer immersed himself in the local culture, learning several Arab dialects and riding with Bedouin horsemen, and it is his paintings of the Arab horsemen, that he became famous for.
In 1862 he settled in Paris, his paintings won medals in 1864, 1865, 1867, and 1876 at the Paris Salon. He returned to Germany in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian war and settled near Frankfurt.
Adolf Schreyer was, and is still, especially esteemed as a painter of horses, of peasant life, and of battle incidents. His work is remarkable for its excellent equine draftsmanship and has found particular favor among French and American collectors.
The Metropolitan Museum, New York owns three of Schreyer's oriental paintings, Abandoned Marshes of the Danube, Arab Horsemen On The March and Arabs Making a Detour, and many of his best pictures are in the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Astor, and Walters private collections.
Art Movement: Orientalism.
He Traveled To Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Algeria.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.