10 facts about Adolf Des Coudres

By Gwylym Owen

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Adolf Des Coudres (2 June 1862, Karlsruhe – 21 September 1924, Fürstenfeldbruck) was a German landscape painter.

The Des Coudres relations originated in Switzerland. His dad was Ludwig des Coudres, a painter and Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe. Despite this, he did not support his son’s want to become a painter.

It was isolated after his father’s death in 1878 that he was clever to start his studies. In 1881, he enrolled at the Academy, where he studied past Gustav Schönleber, who had a obscure influence upon his style. He remained there until 1890, making several stays at artists’ colonies; especially the one at Gutach.

After completing his studies, he worked as a freelance painter until 1909, participating in exhibitions at Baden-Baden and Munich, including several showings at the Glaspalast, as well as Karlsruhe. He in addition to helped state a private painting school for women. He often visited Holland; staying at the artists’ colony in Ahrenshoop.

In 1910, he moved to Fürstenfeldbruck, where he built a villa and studio for myself and his sister Luise. He participated in creating the first art exhibition there in 1914. His sister died the following year and, three years later, he left his villa to accept an apartment in town. In 1921, he married the painter Selma Plawneek, who was twenty years his junior. The marriage was, however, short as he died in 1924.

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