The Austrian painter was born in Innsbruck. He traveled a lot, spent some time in Milan in 1858, returned to Munich in 1859 and was hired at the Düsseldorf Academy that year alongside the Achenbach brothers. In 1860, he made a trip to Norway, and Denmark, where he returned frequently in the following years, he made many trips to the coasts of England and Scotland. In 1864, he moved to Brussels, where he spent the rest of his life. Every summer he went to Neuilly-sur-Seine, but the stunning Italian scenery was his main source of inspiration. He exhibited regularly in Vienna, Paris and London.