Kügelgen, Gerhard von

BORN 6 Feb 1772, Bacharach, Rheinland-Pfalz - DIED 27 Mar 1820, Dresden, Sachsen: Loschwitz
BIRTH NAME Kügelgen, Franz Gerhard von
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Alter Katholischer Friedhof, Friedrichstrasse 54

Gerhard von Kügelgen went to school in Bonn. He studied painting in Koblenz under Januarius Zick. In 1791 he returned to Bonn where he worked as a painter. In 1800 he married Helene Marie Zoege von Manteuffel. He had met her in Reval in 1798 and she was one of his students. Their son Wilhelm von Kügelgen became a painter as well.

Kügelgen moved to Dresden in 1805 and there he lived in the house at the Hauptstrasse which is now the Museum der Frühromantik (Museum of Early Romanticism). In 1814 he became a Professor at the Academy of Art. His work consists mainly of portraits and religious and mythical scenes. among his portraits are those of Goethe, Schiller, Wieland, Herder and Caspar David Friedrich. His twin brother Carl was also a painter and worked in St. Petersburg.

In 1820 Kügelgen was on his way from his studio in Loschwitz when he was killed on the Bautzener Strasse by a robber, the soldier Johann Gottfried Kaltofen, who was executed after he was caught.

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The grave of Gerhard von Kügelgen at the Innerer Katholischen Friedhof, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (5 Aug 1998)


'Ariadne auf Naxos'.
(Köln: Walraff-Richartz Museum)

Gerhard von Kügelgen – Wikipedia

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Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022