August Friedrich Siegert, German 1820-1883
An extremely popular Dusseldorf artist, August Siegert began his career as a painter of history, but finding his talents more in touch with life around him, he turned to portraits and genre studies.
A native of Neuwied, Germany, he spent the years between 1835 and 1846 as a pupil of the Düsseldorf Academy under Ferdinand Theodor Hildebrandt, know for his color and originality, and Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow, a member of the "Nazarites" of Rome who held a zeal for religious art. Not a great artist, Schadow nevertheless made an excellent teacher.
Siegert continued to study in his travels through Belgium, Holland, France and Germany. He finally settled in Duss
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