Paul Friedrich Meyerheim

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Paul Friedrich Meyerheim
Paul Friedrich Meyerheim 1915.jpg
Paul Meyerheim, portrait by Nicola Perscheid, 1915
Born13 July 1842
Berlin, Germany
Died14 September 1915
Berlin, Germany
ResidenceBerlin, Amsterdam
EducationPrussian Academy of Arts.
Known forPainter, teacher

Paul Friedrich Meyerheim (13 July 1842, Berlin – 14 September 1915, Berlin) was a German painter and graphic artist. He did portraits and landscapes, but is best known as a painter of animals.[1]



He and his brother took their first art lessons from his father. As a young boy, he was fascinated with the new Berlin Zoological Gardens and went there so often he was able to befriend Martin Lichtenstein, the zoo's founder, who allowed him into areas that were normally closed to the public. This experience led him to specialize in animal painting.[2]

From 1857 to 1860 he attended the Prussian Academy of Arts. Later, he made several study trips to Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands and spent a year in Paris. In 1883, he established an animal painting class at the Academy. He was appointed a Professor there in 1887 and became a member of the Academic Senate.[1]

Meyerheim was a friend of the Borsig family, owners of the Borsig-Werke, a company that manufactured railroad locomotives. He produced many illustrations and designs especially for them. A major attraction at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition in 1912 was a series of seven huge images, painted on copper, that he had done for the Borsigs in 1873/76. The panels were called "Lebensgeschichte einer Lokomotive" (Life History of a Locomotive) and were originally intended for the garden loggia at their home in Alt-Moabit. Some panels are now in the possession of the Märkisches Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Deutschen Technikmuseum.

Other painters in the Meyerheim family[edit]

His father was the painter Friedrich Eduard Meyerheim (1808–1879); his elder brother, Franz Meyerheim [de] (1838–1880), was also a painter as were his uncles, Wilhelm (1815–1882) and Hermann (fl.1860s).

Panels from Life History of a Locomotive[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AGSÖ, Die Arbeitslosen von Marienthal: Short biography of Meyerheim
  2. ^ German Wikisource: "Ein glücklicher Künstler" (Article on Meyerheim from Die Gartenlaube, 1869) [1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Staatliche Museen Berlin: Kunst in Berlin 1648–1987. Henschelverlag, Berlin 1987, p. 298.
  • Hans Joachim Neidhardt: Deutsche Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts. E.A Seemann Verlag, Leipzig 1990, ISBN 3-363-00468-0, pp. 176, 258.
  • Irmgard Wirth: Berliner Malerei im 19. Jahrhundert. Siedler Verlag, Berlin 1990, ISBN 3-572-10011-9, p. 418.

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