Ludwig Richter ( * 1803 † 1884 )

Biography of Ludwig Richter

The illustrator of fairy tales

Ludwig Richter was born on September 28, 1803 in Dresden. The first teacher of the arts of the German painter, draftsman and illustrator was his father Carl August Richter, himself a well-known draftsman and engraver.

While traveling through France and Italy from 1820 to 1826, he made friends with other artists , Here he collected ideas, discovered the harmonies in nature and watched people. This is how the style of his painting developed and consolidated.

Ludwig Richter's first works were etched views of Dresden. Among the most famous images include "The Watzmann", "crossing the horror stone" and "Genoveva".

During 1836-1876 he was a professor at the Dresden Academy, responsible for the courses on landscape and animal painting. Later he was appointed professor of landscape painting.

In 1842, Richter reached its climax. He illustrated storybooks, including fairy tales of the brothers Grimm, Andersen and Musaus. Some have been awarded the most beautiful illustrations of the 19th century. As a book illustrator, he gained the most popularity. He illustrated over 150 books and created more than 2,000 woodcuts. Particularly noteworthy are the drawings in the collections: "Contemplative and edifying", "Goethe Album", "Lord's Prayer", "Schiller Bell's Song ",  "For the House", "Der Sonntag", " New bouquet for the house "," Our daily bread "and " Collected ".

In 1873 Richter had to give up painting because of a serious eye disease. In 1884 he died in his native city of Dresden, where he was splendidly buried.



Wall art prints and famous paintings by Ludwig Richter
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