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Joseph Wolf (1820-1899): Animal Painter / Tiermaler

Biography / Memoir

By: Karl Schulze-Hagen(Editor), Armin Geus(Editor)

361 pages, 226 colour & 61 b/w illustrations

Basilisken Press

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #115644 | ISBN: 3925347577
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About this book

Language: Bilingual in English and German

Josef Wolf was born in the Eifel on 22 January 1820 on a farm in Mörz in Münstermaifeld. As a child he was known for his artistic talent. After finishing school in Metternich he was trained in Koblenz from 1836 to 1839 as a lithographer.

Through the mediation of the Frankfurter explorer Eduard Rüppel (1794-1884) in 1840 he came into contact with Johann Jacob Kaup (1803-1873) at the Grand Ducal natural history collection in Darmstadt. He promoted the extraordinary talent of the young artist and recommended him to his colleagues Hermann Schlegel (1804-1884) in Leiden and John Gould (1804-1881) in London as an illustrator.

From 1848 onwards Wolf lived and worked in London, where he quickly became the most important animal painter of the 19th century.

Summary in German:
Joseph Wolf wurde am 22. Januar 1820 auf einem Bauernhof in Mörz bei Münstermaifeld in der Eifel geboren. Schon als Kind fiel er wegen seiner künstlerischen Begabung auf. Nach der Schulzeit in Metternich wurde er in Koblenz von 1836 bis 1839 zum Lithographen ausgebildet.

Durch Vermittlung des Frankfurter Forschungsreisenden Eduard Rüppel (1794–1884) kam er 1840 zu Johann Jacob Kaup (1803–1873) an das Großherzogliche Naturalienkabinett in Darmstadt. Er förderte das außergewöhnliche Talent des jungen Künstlers und empfahl ihn seinen Kollegen Hermann Schlegel (1804–1884) in Leiden und John Gould (1804–1881) in London als Illustrator.

Ab 1848 lebte und arbeitete Wolf in London, wo er sich rasch zum bedeutendsten Tiermaler entwickelte, den das 19. Jahrhundert hervorbrachte.


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