Blechen, Karl

PAINTER (GERMANY)
BORN 29 Jul 1798, Cottbus, Niederlausitz - DIED 23 Jul 1840, Berlin
REAL NAME Blechen, Karl Eduard Ferdinand
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dreifaltigkeitskirchhof II, Bergmanstrasse 39-41, Kreuzberg (B-Oberallee/Mauer)

Painter of romantic landscapes. He went to Berlin when he was 16 years old and worked in banking after completing his commercial studies. In 1822 however, he gave up his profession and started studies at the Art Academy in Berlin. His teachers were Lemmerich and Lütke. In Dresden he saw the works of C.D. Friedrich and J.C. Dahl which influenced him deeply.

Thanks to Schinkel he worked as a stage painter in Berlin from 1824 until 1827. After a journey through Italy (1829/1830) his style became more realistic. He was one of the first to paint industrial scenes. But he suffered from depressions and had to be placed in a mental hospital. There he died insane.

Works: "Im Park von Terni" (c1828, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart); "Teufelsbrücke" (c1830, München: Neue Pinakothek).

Related persons
• has a connection with Schinkel, Karl Friedrich

Sources
Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990
• Holst, Christian v. (ed.), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart 19. Jahrhundert, Malerei und Plastik des 19. Jahrhunderts, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 1982

Images

The grave of Carl Blechen at the Dreifaltigkeitskirchhof II, Bergmanstrasse, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (15 Jul 2005)

 


Bleibtreu, Hedwig

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 11 Sep 2005