This is Georg Heinrich Crola

By Gwylym Owen

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Georg Heinrich Crola (6 June 1804, Dresden – 6 May 1879, Ilsenburg am Harz) was a German landscape painter in the mid-19th century. He specialized in the representation of the German forest.

Georg Heinrich Crola was born in Dresden in 1804, the son of the merchant Croll. Difficult domestic conditions annoyed his parents to send the four year-old Georg Heinrich to living in the intimates of his maternal grandfather, who was a painter at the Royal Porcelain Factory and an art instructor at the welcome boarding educational of Meissen. His grandfather, recognising his artistic talent, introduced him in Dresden to the painters Johann Christian Klengel, Johann David Schubert and Johann Gottfried Jentzsch who took lawsuit of his education.

After the death of his grandfather in 1822 he lived for a even though a drifting life. Around this period he also untouched his family name from Croll to Crola in view of that as to avoid conscription by the Saxon government. Around 1823 he was encourage in Dresden where he made a vivacious from painting boxes. He succeeded in capturing the attention of Caspar David Friedrich and Johan Christian Dahl who assisted him in his studies. His capacity was furthermore recognised by Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha who gave him commissions to paint landscapes and castles in Gotha. He used the opportunity to paint many landscapes of the Gotha region.

Crola went to Munich in 1830, where he studied the old-fashioned masters as competently as the adjacent to landscapes. He traveled unconventional to northern Germany where he got to know appear in of the Düsseldorf educational of painting.

He sophisticated visited Berlin where he met his forward-thinking bride Elise (Elisabeth) Concordia, daughter of a banker and an amateur painter herself. The couple got married in 1840 in Ilsenburg and the couple fixed there. The pair founded a moot for loving landscape painters.

From that era onwards the surrounding low mountains became Crola’s most important source of inspiration.

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