Dürr, Wilhelm (der Ältere)

BORN 10 May 1815, Villingen, Baden-Württemberg - DIED 7 Jun 1890, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alter Nördlicher Friedhof, Arcisstrasse (4-14-29)

Wilhelm Dürr was the son of Fidelis Dürr, a music teacher and choir director at the Villinger Münster. In 1830 he entered the Art Academy in Vienna and he started with genre painting. He worked in the studio of Leopold where he turned his attention to history painting. He was attracted to the Nazarenes and in 1839 and from 1840 to 1842 he stayed in Rome. There he knew Ernst Deger, Franz Ittenbach and Andreas and Karl MÜller. It was said that when he took a bath at Lake Nemi he was close to drowning but the painter Carl Rahl saved his life.

After he fell ill he returned to Baden in 1843 and he settled in Freiburg im Breisgau. there he married Berta Gruny in 1844. There was was one of the founders of the artists society Ponte Molle. He painted altar paintings in churches and was appointed court painter in 1852. In 1887 he moved to Munich to live with his son Wilhelm and there he died in 1890.

Related persons
• worked for Kupelwieser, Leopold
• was helped by Rahl, Carl


The grave of Wilhelm Dürr at the Alter Nördlicher Friedhof in München, Bayern.
Picture by Androom (09 Sep 2022)


Wilhelm Dürr der Ältere – Wikipedia

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Published: 17 Dec 2022
Last update: 23 Feb 2024