BORN 3 Oct 1852, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 17 Mar 1942, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Friedhof Wilmersdorf, Berliner Straße 81-103 (D4)
Wilhelm Beckmann studied historical painting in Düsseldorf. Among his teachers were Eduard Bendemann and Peter Janssen. In 1874 he worked with Bendemann and his pupils on wall decorations in the Cornelius Hall of the National Gallery in Berlin.
In 1889 he moved to Berlin where he worked as a painter and as a teachter. In 1894 he was among the founders of the Club of Rhein Artists in Berlin. In 1896 he was invited by the Russian government to attend the coronation of Tsar Nikolai II. Later that year he moved to Italy where he stayed for three years. In later years he travelled in the Near East.
he was best known for his portraits and his historical paintings. Beckmann was a friend Arnold Böcklin, Adolf von Menzel, Max Liebermann and Friz von Uhde. His work can be found in the National Gallery in Berlin.
was a friend of Böcklin, Arnold
was a friend of Liebermann, Max
was a friend of Menzel, Adolf
Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006