Albrecht Adam

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Albrecht Adam
Albrecht Adam.jpg
Albrecht Adam
photographed by Franz Hanfstaengl around 1850
Born (1786-04-16)16 April 1786
Nördlingen, Germany
Died 28 August 1862(1862-08-28) (aged 76)
Munich, Germany
Nationality German
Known for Painting

Albrecht Adam (16 April 1786 – 28 August 1862) was a German painter of battles and horses, who became famous for his depictions of Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Nördlingen, he began an apprenticeship as a confectioner in 1803 in Nuremberg. Influenced by the director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremberg and later by the battle painter Johann Rugendas, he turned towards painting, his main interests being horses and the battles of the Napoleonic wars raging in Europe at this date.[1]

After taking part in the Austrian campaign of 1809, he stayed for a time in Vienna,[2] where he drew the attention of Napoleon's stepson Eugène de Beauharnais and was appointed his court painter.[1]

Adam became famous for his studies of Napoleon's Russian campaign, during which he was attached to the Bavarian contingent as a war artist.[3] In addition to his post as court painter, he was made an officer.[2] Among other works, he painted a diary of the Russian campaign in 83 scenes.[1]

In 1815, with the Napoleonic wars drawing to a close, Adam moved to Munich, where he was employed by the emperors and kings of Austria and Bavaria.[1] His studio in Munich was frequently visited by Theodor Horschelt, who later became known for his paintings of the Russian Caucasian War. In around 1850 Adam is recorded as living at Sing Straße 13 in Munich.[4] Adam died in Munich in 1862.[1][2]

Adam worked until a great age, continuing his love of equestrian and battle scenes. In his later works he was assisted by his sons Benno, Eugen and Franz.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Schmidt, W. (1875). "Adam: Malerfamilie". Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (in German). 1. Duncker & Humblot. pp. 44–45. 
  2. ^ a b c Bryan, Michael (1903). "Adam, Albrecht". Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers. 1. G. Bell and Sons. p. 5. 
  3. ^ Rothenburg, Gunther E. (1999). The Napoleonic Wars. Cassell's History of Warfare. Cassell & Co. p. 161. ISBN 0-304-35267-5. 
  4. ^ Maucher, Paul. "Alphabetic register of house owners 1849–1851" (PDF). p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2009.