Diez, Wilhelm von

BORN 17 Jan 1839, Bayreuth, Bayern - DIED 25 Feb 1907, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alter Nördlicher Friedhof, Arcisstrasse (15-1-33)

Wilhelm von Diez was educated at a trade school and the Polytecnic School in Munich. In 1855 he entered the Academy of Art, where he was a student of Karl von Piloty for a short time. Soon he left and he learned painting by himself.

He was first known for his illustrations for the satirical magazine "Fliegende Blätter". In 1871 he illustrated "Geschichte des Dreissigjährigen Krieges" by Friedrich Schiller. He also painted scenes from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871. In the following years he painted animals, landscapes and genres.

In 1872, with the help of Wilhelm von Kaulbach, he became a teacher at the Academy in Munich. His teachings were very popular and among his students were Max Slevogt, Wilhelm Trübner and many others. At the International Exhibition of 1883 in Munich he was awarded a gold medal for his "Anbetung der Hirten".

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The grave of Wilhelm von Diez at the Alter Nördlicher Friedhof in Munich.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2010)


• Zuber, Elfi, Der Alte Nördliche Friedhof, Ein Kapitel Münchner Kulturgeschichte, Zeke Verlag, München, 1984
Wilhelm von Diez – Wikipedia

Diez-Hartmann, Sophie

Published: 03 Jan 2016
Last update: 03 Mar 2022