|PAINTER, ETCHER (GERMANY)|
BORN 25 Apr 1804, Eisenach, Thüringen - DIED 23 Apr 1878, Weimar, Thüringen|
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof (Alter Friedhof, Neuer Friedhof, Friedhof vor dem Frauentor), Poseckscher Garten
Friedrich Preller studied drawing in Weimar. In 1821 he followed Goethe's advice to go to Dresden. There he was invited to travel with the Grand Duke of Weimar to Belgium in 1824. He studied at the academy in Antwerp and from 1827 to 1831 in Italy. In 22 March 1832 he drew Goethe the day after his death. In 1834 he married Marie Erichsen (1811/1862', the daughter of a captain from Flensburg. They had three sons, including Friedrich Preller the Younger.
From 1834 to 1836 he created scenes from the Odyssey in the Roman House at Leipzig. From 1836 to 1837 he worked on landscape scenes from "Oberon" in the Wieland Room of the Schloss at Weimar. In 1840 he visited Norway in the company of Ferdinand Conrad Kellermann, Carl Hummel and Sixtus Armin Thon. In 1844 he became a professor at the Fürstlichen freien Zeichenschule in Weimar. He was also appointed Court Painter in that year. In 1859 he went to Italy again.
He returned to Weimar in 1861 where he married Jenny Ventzky (1834-1906) in 1864. From 1868 they lived at the Belvederer Allee 8 in Weimar. He died in Weimar in 1878.
Son: Preller, Friedrich
was a friend of Genelli, Bonaventura
was helped by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
was teacher to Hummel, Carl
was teacher to Schwerdgeburth, Otto
was teacher to Thon, Sixtus Armin