19 facts about Franz Joachim Beich

By Gwylym Owen

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Franz Joachim Beich was born at Ravensburg (in today’s Baden-Württemberg), on October 15, 1666. He was the son of Daniel Beich, a painter of little celebrity, from whom he customary his counsel in the art.

He excelled in painting landscapes and battles. His best works are in the palaces of the Elector of Bavaria, in whose employment he was for several years; among these are several large pictures of the battles fought in Hungary by the Elector Maximilian Emmanuel.

With the entry of his patron, he visited Italy, and made many drawings from the beautiful views in that country. His landscapes exhibit very pleasing scenery, and he appears to have imitated, in the settlement of his pictures, the tasteful style of Gaspar Poussin.

He died at Munich, in 1748. The Vienna Gallery has two landscapes by him, and the Munich Gallery has four. The latter gallery plus possesses his portrait by Des Marées — “painted in 1744, when he was 78 years old.” As an engraver, he has contributed several attractive etchings to the portfolios of collectors. We have by him four sets of landscapes, with figures and buildings (amounting together to twenty-six plates), etched with good spirit and facility.

He died upon October 16, 1748, age 82 in Munich.

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