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Friedrich August von Kaulbach, 1850-1920

Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 1850.06.02
Place of Birth: Hanover
Date of Death: 1920.06.26
Place of Death: near Murnau


Friedrich August von Kaulbach was a painter. He was the cousin of the painter and illustrator Wilhelm von Kaulbach.


Kaulbach, who studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich under his cousin Wilhelm von Kaulbach, began his career as a flower and portrait painter. As a result of his first history painting, Adam and Eve by Cain's Body (1848; Museums der Bildenden Kunst, Leipzig), he was offered a professorship at the Akademie in Munich, a post which he declined. In 1850 he made his first trip to Paris, and Maximilian II of Bavaria commissioned him to paint the Coronation of Charlemagne for the Maximilaneum in Munich. His history paintings are marked by their detail and theatricality. He was later appointed court painter to George V in Hannover, and became Professor at the Technische Hochschule.

JW exhibited a large group of works at the 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888. In November 1888 Kaulbach wrote to JW in London: 'In order to vouchsafe you a token of its respect and esteem for your distinguished achievements in the realm of art, the Academy has proposed to his Royal Highness Prince Luitpold, Regent of the Kingdom of Bavaria, that you should be nominated as an Honorary Member. Our proposal has been graciously approved, and we are delighted at being able to welcome you as one of us and hope that you too will be pleased to view your further artistic activities as associated with us' (#04224).


Strasser, Josef, 'Friedrich August von Kaulbach', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, (accessed 6 December 2002).