Richter, Gustav

BORN 3 Aug 1823, Berlin - DIED 3 Apr 1884, Berlin: Bellevuestraße 54
BIRTH NAME Richter, Ludwig Carl Gustav
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Alter St. Matthäus Friedhof, Grossgörschenstrasse 12 (Erb 230 K-oI/sI-)

Gustav Richter visited the Academy of Art in Berlin and was also educated by the French painter Léon Cogniet. From 1847 to 1849 he lived in Rome. Back in Germany he produced wall paintings for the Neue Museum in Berlin and in 1861 he was commissioned by king Maximilian II of Bavaria to paint the construction of pyramids in Egypt (he only delivered the result in 1873). He also worked for king Friedrich Wilhelm IV, emperor Wilhelm I and Czar Alexander II.

In 1866 he married Cornelia Meyerbeer (1842-1922), a daughter of composer Giacomo Meyerbeer. She was 19 years his junior. Together that had a salon at the Bellevuestrasse in Berlin that was visited by many important society figures.

• Son: Richter, Hans
• Wife: Richter-Meyerbeer, Cornelie (1866-1884, Wiesbaden, Hessen)

Related persons
• was pupil of Cogniet, Léon
• painted Wilhelm I, emperor of Germany


The grave of Gustav Richter at the Alter St. Matthäus Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2008)


Richter, Hans

Published: 29 Sep 2013
Last update: 15 Feb 2022