Geselschap, Friedrich

BORN 3 May 1835, Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 31 May 1898, Roma, Lazio
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Acattolico, Via Caio Cestio 6 (Zona Prima, 13.20)

After the early death of his parents, Friedrich Geselschap lived with relatives in Silesia. He took drawing lessons with Ernst Resch in Breslau and studied at the Art Academy in Dresden. He continued his studies in Düsseldorf where his older brother Eduard Geselschap lived. In Düsseldorf Theodor Mintrop was his teacher and the painter Ernst Deger became a friend.

In 1859 he became a member of the artists' association Malkasten. He made a thin living by painting portraits until in 1866 a gift from August Lucius (1816-1900) enabled him to travel to Rome. On his way he visited Florence and in Rome he met the circle around Friedrich Overbeck. He befriended Overbeck and drew his portrait after his death in 1869. In 1872 he moved Berlin after a while he started to receive commissions. In 1879 he painted the dome of the Zeughaus. He became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin in 1882 and in 1883 he obtained a professorship.

After he fell from a scaffold in 1880 and seriously injured his knee, he suffered from health problems. His right leg was paralyzed from 1891, making it almost impossible for execute his own designs. In 1897 he travelled to Rome for a vacation. He probably suffered from a depression and in 1898 he was found hanging from a tree. He was buried at the Cimitero Acattolico in Rome.


The grave of Friedrich Geselschap at the Cimitero Acattolico, Rome.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2020)


Friedrich Geselschap – Wikipedia

Gessner, Adrienne

Published: 18 Mar 2023
Last update: 25 Mar 2023