The following was submitted by his great-granddaughter from Berlin, Germany:
Born on October 15, 1857, the son of a tailor. After the war of
1870/71, a French Officer, living at his parents' house noticed the
young boy's talent and gave him some watercolors.
In 1875 he
graduated from high school and began his studies in liberal arts at
Halle University. Subsequently he worked as a teacher, also
obtaining a Ph.D. in French. Not satisfied with the life of a teacher,
he went to Berlin and began a course of study at the "Hochschule Fuer
Bildende Kuenste" (until 1885), with the financial support of his
brother and sister.
In 1895 he found full employment and married Marie Cramer von Clausbruch.
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