BORN 17 Mar 1839, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen - DIED 21 Mar 1916, Wien|
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 0, Reihe 01, Nummer 79)
Christian Griepenkerl was born into a noble family in Oldenburg. The painter Ernst Willers (1803-1880) advised him to go to Vienna and there he attended Carl Rahl's private art school. In Vienna he worked at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (1864) and the Palais Tedesco. He became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1874 and from 1877 he headed a school there for history painting.
Griepenkerl had numerous students, among them Carl Moll, Richard Gerstl and Egon Schiele. In 1907/1908 he turned down the application by Adolf Hitler to enter the academy. He died in Vienna in 1916 after a short illness. He was to be buried at the Hietzing cemetery, but the city of Vienna decided to grant him a grave of honour at the Zentralfriedhof.
was teacher to Azbe, Anton
was teacher to Gerstl, Richard
was teacher to Moll, Carl
was pupil to Rahl, Carl
was teacher to Schiele, Egon