BORN 23 Aug 1803, Antwerpen - DIED 6 Dec 1874, Paris|
REAL NAME Wappers, Egide Charles Gustave
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 05, avenue de Montebello)
Gustav Wappers studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and continued his studies in Paris at the time of the Romantic Movement. His "The Devotion of the Burgomaster of Leiden" was succesfully exhibited at the Salon of Brussels in 1830.
After he exhibited works about the Belgian Revolution of 1830, King Leopold I engaged him as court painter. After Matthieu-Ignace Van Brée died in 1839 Wappers succeeded him as director of the Academy in Antwerp. Among his pupils were Ford Madox Brown, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Ludwig von Hagn.
Commissioned by King Louis-Philippe of France he painted "The Defence of Rhodes by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem" (1844) for the gallery at Versailles. In 1844 he was knighted by Leopold I. After he retired from his directorship in Antwerp he settled in Paris in 1853. There he died in 1874.
was teacher to Alma-Tadema, Lawrence
was teacher to Madox Brown, Ford