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German Painter Adolf von Menzel (1815-1905)

Art of German Painter Adolf von MenzelDeparture of King Wilhelm I to the Army on July 31, 1870

One of the most successful German artists of his time, Adolph von Menzel took over the lithographic business after his father's death at the age of 17. In 1833 he enrolled in the Berlin Academy of Art, but studied there only about 6 months. However, his first artwork - an album of drawings reproduced on stone - was published in 1833. By 1850s, the artist was considered as one of the first illustrators of his day.

Art of German Painter Adolf von MenzelOn a Journey to Beautiful Countryside, 1892

The king Frederick William IV commisioned the painter him to illustrate the works of Frederick the Great. Also Menzel was invited to paint the ceremony of the Coronation of William I at Koenigsberg.
The French master Edgar Degas called him "the greatest living master" and copied and admired his artworks.
In 1898 Menzel became the first painter admitted to the Order of the Black Eagle and was raised to the nobility, becoming "Adolph von Menzel".

Art of German Painter Adolf von MenzelPortrait of Karoline Arnold


In 1905, the Kaiser arranged his funeral and walked behind the painter's coffin.
Despite all the honors Menzel felt quite socially estranged, probably, due to the physical reasons - he was about 4'6" with a large head.
After his death in 1905 in Berlin, his funeral arrangements were directed by the Kaiser, who walked behind his coffin
In Germany his popularity was such that few of his canvases left the country as most of them had been quickly purchased by Berlin museums.

Art of German Painter Adolf von MenzelThe Ball (detail)

Artwork of German Painter Adolf von MenzelThe Ball

Artwork of German Painter Adolf von MenzelConfort Chinois 1868, gouache

Oil Painting by German Painter Adolf von MenzelSitting Woman

Artwork of German Painter Adolf von MenzelMenzel's Sister Emilie, Sleeping 1848

Artwork of German Painter Adolf von MenzelFrederick the Great's Flute Concert

Artwork of  Adolf von Menzel German PainterLiving Room Of Justice Minister von Maercker 1847

Artwork of  Adolf von Menzel German PainterBall Scene

Artwork of  Adolf von Menzel German PainterRound Table

Artwork of  Adolf von Menzel German PainterTravel Plans

Artwork of Adolf von Menzel German PainterCoronation of King William I, 1861

Art of Adolf von Menzel German PainterClara Schmidt von Knobelsdorff Ready to Go Out 1848

Art of Adolf von Menzel German PainterPortrait of Menzel's Brother Richard

Painitng by Adolf von Menzel German PainterBeati Possidentes (Blessed are those who have) 1888

Painitng by Adolf von Menzel German PainterIn the White Hall

Painitng by Adolf von Menzel German PainterIn The Luxembourg Gardens

Painitng by Adolf von Menzel German Painter

Painitng by Adolf von Menzel German Painter

Painitng by Adolf von Menzel German PainterAfternoon in the Garden

Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelIn the Beer Garden

Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelBerlin

Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelMasked Ball

Genre Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelParis Weekday 1869

Genre Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelPalace Garden of Prince Albert

Genre Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelCircle at the Court of Kaiser Wilhelm I

Genre Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelHead of a Bearded Worker in Profile

Genre Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelArmour 1866

Oil Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelAllegory of the River Oder

Oil Painitng by German Painter Adolf von Menzel

Oil Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelLiving room with the artist's sister 1847

Oil Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelPeter and Paul Church in Striegau

Oil Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelStorm on Tempelhofer Mountain

Oil Painitng by German Painter Adolf von MenzelCorpus Christi procession in Hofgastein

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