Louis Asher

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Portrait of Jenny Lind, 1845.

Louis Asher, originally Julius Ludwig Asher, (1804–1878) was a German artist.


Asher was born at Hamburg on 26 June 1804. He studied there under Gerdt Hardorf and Leo Lehmann, and in 1821 went for further instruction to Dresden, and from there to Düsseldorf, where he entered the studio of Cornelius. There he got to know Kaulbach, with whom he continued a friendship throughout his life. In 1825 he accompanied Cornelius to Munich, where he was employed by him on the frescoes of the Glyptothek. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.[1]

In 1827 he returned to Hamburg, and then, in 1832, went via Berlin to Italy, where he remained for three years. On his return to Germany, with the exception of a second visit to Italy in 1839 in the company of Kaulbach, he lived in Munich and in Hamburg, where he died on 7 March 1878.[1]


Asher's works, which consist of historical pictures, genre paintings, and portraits, include:[1]

  • Peasant Family (1835).
  • Resurrection of Christ (1851).
  • King Lear with the dead body of Cordelia (1854).
  • St. Cecilia.
  • Maria I'Ortolana.
  • Portrait of Mlle. Jenny Lind.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bryan,1886-9

This article incorporates text from the article "ASHER, Louis (Julius Ludwig)" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.