Who is Albert Heinrich Brendel?

By Gwylym Owen

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Albert Heinrich Brendel, who was born in Berlin in 1827, studied in the Prussian Academy of Arts below Wilhelm Krause. In 1851 he went to Paris, and studied under Couture and Palizzi; thence to Italy, and home to Berlin in 1853, completing his studies under Carl Steffeck. For the adjacent ten years he lived mainly in Paris, and worked in the summer months at Barbizon school, in the reforest of Fontainebleau, which was in addition to the scene of the labours of Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau, Narcisse Virgilio Díaz, Constant Troyon, and new artists; and he continued, till 1869, to visit Barbison in the summer, after he moved in 1865 to Berlin for the winter. In 1868 he was made a supporter of the Berlin Academy, and in 1875 became Professor at the Weimar Saxon-Grand Ducal Art School. His first works were sea-pieces, but afterwards he devoted himself to animal painting (more especially horses and sheep), in which he was utterly successful. He normal medals at various exhibitions at Paris, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Nantes. He died in 1895.

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