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Artists Biography

Ludwig Knaus

GERMAN b.1829.
Born in Wiesbaden, October 10 1829. Genre painter, pupil of the Dusseldorf Academy under Sohn and Schadow from 1846 - 1852, he then studied in Paris until 1860. He visited Italy in 1857 -58, lived in Berlin from 1861 - 1866 and in Dusseldorf from 1866 - 1874. He was a professor at the Berlin Academy from 1874 to 1884 when he resigned. He was one of the leaders of the younger Dusseldorf School and the foremost genre painter in Germany.

Knaus is one of those artists who confirm the rule that a man is either an artist or not. All that we do know is distinguished by a certain completeness. His subjects are mostly interiors and genre scenes such as " Childrens Festival " (1869), National Gallery, Berlin; " None but the Cats " & " Little Scholar ", New York; " Cheaters at Cards " (1851), Dusseldorf Gallery, and Leipsig Museum, also several other titles that are in National collections.

Is it possible to see how a marvellous canvas such as this is painted ?. You can tell neither where it begins nor where it ends. Every detail in this painting is covered with such a delicate gloss, and all those tiny detailing strokes of colour are mingled so inextricably that it is hopeless to look for any weakness.

It is easy to see why the Germans regard him as their foremost genre painter.

Medals awarded: Paris, 1st Class, 1855, 1857, 1859; Medal of Honour, 1867; L. of Honour, 1859; Officer,1867; Knight of the Prussian Order of Merit, etc, and many more.

This painting was painted for the Kaiser of Vienna in 1865, and sold by him to the Countess Marie Kinsky (nee) Princess Karl Lichtenstein of Vienna.

Works by this artist…

  • Under Mother's Watchful Eye
    Under Mother's Watchful Eye
    ( ref : 13974 )
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