Kaulbach, Friedrich August von

BORN 2 Aug 1850, München - DIED 26 Jan 1920, Ohlstadt, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION Ohlstadt, Bayern

Son of the panter Friedrich von Kaulbach. He studied with is father in Hanover and in 1868 in Nürnberg with August von Kreling und Karl Raupp. In 1871 he copied the old masters in Dresden. In 1872 he moved to Munich, where he married and had a studio in the Schwantalerstrasse.

Following the advice of Lenbach he travelled to Italy in 1873-1874. Together with Gedon, Lenbach and Makart he went to Antwerpen during the Rubens year in 1877. He became popular in Munich after he painted the Schuetzenliesl" for a beer hall in Munich.

In 1882 he became a member of the academy in Berlin. He had started with genre pieces, but from 1883 onwards he specialised in portraits. During this time he visited Paris several times and saw the works of Gustave Courbet. In 1886 he was knighted by Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria and he succeeded Karl von Piloty as the director of the academy in Munich.

In 1887-1889 Gabriel von Seidl built a city palace for him in Munich and in 1897 he married for the second time. His new wife was the Danish violinist Fride Scotta. In 1898 he portrayed Wilhelm II. Among his friends were Lenbach, Von Stuck and Gulbransson.

In recent years his house in the small Bavarian village Ohlsdorf has opened as a museum.

• Father: Kaulbach, Friedrich

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Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998
Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1850-1920) Fine Artist Painter


The mausoleum for Friedrich August von Kaulbach in Ohlstadt.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2003)


Inside of the mausoleum for Friedrich August von Kaulbach in Ohlstadt.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2003)


   (1914, Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum)

Kaulbach, Hermann von

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 17 Sep 2016