Anton Graff

Anton Graff

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Anton Graff

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Anton Graff (18 November 1736 – 22 June 1813) was an eminent Swiss portrait artist. Among his famous subjects were Friedrich Schiller, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Heinrich von Kleist, Frederick the Great, Johann Gottfried Herder and Christian Felix Weisse. His pupils included Emma Körner, Philipp Otto Runge and Karl Ludwig Kaaz.

Life and work

Anton Graff was born as the 7th child of the craftsman Ulrich Graff and Barbara Graff née Koller at Untertorgasse 8 in Winterthur, Switzerland (the house does not exist anymore). After 3 years he left Winterthur for Augsburg. There he worked with the etcher Johann Jakob Haid. However, only one year later he was forced to leave Augsburg. He was too successful. The members of the local painters guild feared his competition. With a letter of recommendation of Johann Jakob Haid, he moved to Ansbach where he got an employment with the court painter Leonhard Schneider until 1759. In Ansbach he improved his technique by copying paintings in the collections of Ansbach and Bayreuth. He also travelled frequently to Munich to study the paintings at the Schleissheimer Galerie. In 1759 he went back to Augsburg and later on moved to Regensburg.<ref...
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