11 facts about Pierre Brandebourg

By Gwylym Owen

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Pierre Paul Brandebourg, also Peter Brandenbourg (1824-1878) was a Luxembourg painter and photographer. He was the first to right to use a photographic studio in the city of Luxembourg.

Brandebourg’s parents were Charles Brandebourg, a gardener, and Anne Lambert. After completing tall school at Luxembourg’s Athénée, he first studied art under the Luxembourg painter Jean-Baptiste Fresez back spending terms at the academies of Paris, Antwerp and Munich. Returning to Luxembourg, on 4 May 1850, he married Catherine Kranenwitter from Rollingergrund. Both his son Charles (Carl) (1851–1906) and his grandson Emile followed in his footsteps, working as photographers in Luxembourg.

Although Brandebourg was official as a bright artist next his paintings of men at take action and scenes of the harbour in Antwerp or the steel factories of Luxembourg, he had mysteriousness in making a bustling from art alone. He so turned to photography, opening Luxembourg’s first photographic studio upon the Fish Market. As a repercussion of the care he took similar to composition and lighting, having one’s portrait taken “chez Brandebourg” became increasingly popular.

Brandebourg died in 1878 at his house on Avenue Amélie in Luxembourg. Most of his paintings and photographs are nevertheless privately owned. Some can be seen in Luxembourg’s Photothèque.Charles Bernhoeft took higher than his photographic business.

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