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.[1]

Life and career[edit]

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.[1]

After participating 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]

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.[3] In addition to his title as court painter, he was given an officer's rank.[2] Among other works, he painted a diary of the campaign in 83 scenes.[1]

In 1815, Adam moved to Munich, where he was occupied by the emperors and kings of Austria and Bavaria.[1] His studio in Munich was frequently visited by Theodor Horschelt, who later became well known for his paintings of the Russian Caucasian War.

He worked until a great age, recording battles and portraying horses, even though in his late works he was supported by the help of his sons, Benno, Eugen and Franz.[1]

It is traced, that he lived at Sing Straße 13 in Munich around 1850.[4] Adam died in Munich in 1862.[1][2]


See also[edit]


  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.