Karl Ferdinand Sohn

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Karl Ferdinand Sohn

Karl Ferdinand Sohn (December 10, 1805 in Berlin – November 25, 1867 in Cologne) was a German painter of the Düsseldorf school of painting.

He was born in Berlin and studied there under Wilhelm von Schadow, whom he followed to Düsseldorf. He treated principally mythical and poetic subjects of a highly romantic character, and painted in the mechanically idealistic manner of the Düsseldorf school. He visited Italy (1830–1831) and adopted ideas from the works of the Venetians: Titian, Paolo Veronese, and Palma il Vecchio. In 1832, he was made professor in the Düsseldorf Academy, where he exercised an important influence. Among his best-known works are:

  • Lute Player (1832), National Gallery, Berlin
  • Tasso and the Two Leonoras (1839)
  • Rinaldo and Armida (Düsseldorf Academy)

He had two sons (Richard Sohn, born in 1834, and Karl Sohn, born in 1845) who grew up to also be painters. His nephew and pupil, Wilhelm Sohn, (1830–1899), born in Berlin, painted at first biblical subjects, and then devoted himself to genre scenes, good in characterization and drawing and of great coloristic charm. Among these are:

  • Consultation at the Lawyer's (1866, Leipzig Museum)
  • Warrior of the Seventeenth Century (1869, Dresden Gallery)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.