painted by Franz Hanfstaengl around 1850
16 April 1786|
|Died||28 August 1862
Life and career
Born in Nördlingen, he began an apprenticeship as a confectioner and went in 1803 to Nuremberg to begin his training. However, influenced by the director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremberg and later by Johann Rugendas, he turned towards painting – mainly battlefields and horses.
After participating in the Austrian campaign of 1809, he stayed for a time in Vienna, where he drew the attention of Napoleon's stepson Eugène de Beauharnais and was appointed his court painter.
Most of Adam's subsequent works deal with Napoleon's Russian campaign, during which he was attached to the Bavarian contingent as a war artist. In addition to his title as court painter, he was given an officer's rank. Among other works, he painted a diary of the campaign in 83 scenes.
In 1815, Adam moved to Munich, where he was occupied by the emperors and kings of Austria and Bavaria. His studio in Munich was frequently visited by Theodor Horschelt, who later became well known for his paintings of the Russian Caucasian War.
Die Schlacht bei Novarra (The Battle of Novarra), 1858, by Albrecht Adam.
One of Adam's depictions of the French invasion of Russia, showing the crossing of the Dnieper in September 1812
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