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 Johann Georg von Dillis  (1759 - 1841)

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: landscape painting and sketches

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Johann Georg von Dillis was the first-born child of a forester's family and took early education in theology and philosophy with studies about customs for talented children from rural social strata. But soon he felt a desire to devote himself to painting.

Until the early 19th Century, he was mostly busy giving painting lessons in German noble houses, but later it was possible for him, thanks to recommendations, to take young German and English aristocrats on trips to the Mediterranean.  These trips much benefited his own development as a painter.

With the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig I, Dillis undertook several trips to Italy, especially to Rome and Sicily. On these trips, Dillis made numerous watercolor sketches as studies for future vistas finished in oil.

For today's eye, however, these studies, because of their fragmentary nature and Dillis' perfect color and shapes, seem much more modern than the finished paintings.

One of the inspirations for Dillis' work was the ideal landscapes and cloudscape of Claude Lorrain.

In his time as a painter Dillis was virtually unknown, perhaps one of the reasons being he could not be a full-time painter because of the management activity as an inspector in the civil service and the lack of time for artistic activities.

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