Runge, Philip Otto

BORN 23 Jul 1777, Wolgast, Pommern (near Greifswald) - DIED 2 Dec 1810, Hamburg
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (Gedächtnisfriedhof)

Philip Otto Runge is an important representative of early German romanticism. After reading Tieck he decided to go for an art career. From 1799 until 1801 he studied under Jens Juel in Copenhagen. He continued his studies in Dresden, where he met Caspar David Friedrich.

In 1803 he settled in Hamburg and in 1804 he married Pauline Bassenge. Runge mostly made portraits and religious paintings. Around 1810 he corresponded with Goethe. He died before he could finish his "The times of Day", a series of four paintings that should ave been accompanied by music and poetry, he died of tuberculosis. Many of his works can be found at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg.

Related persons
• knew Friedrich, Caspar David
• corresponded with Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• influenced Klinkowström, Friedrich August von


The grave of Philipp Otto Runge at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (16 Aug 1999)


The grave of Philipp Otto Runge at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof in Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (26 Jan 2006)


• Leisner, Barbara, Helmut Schoenfeld, Ohlsdorf-Führer, Der, Spaziergänge auf der grössten Friedhof Europas, Hans Christians Verlag, Hamburg, 1993
Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990

Ruskin, John

Published: 09 Apr 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022