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 Emil Foerster  (1822 - 1906)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: portrait, religious, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Barrett Foerster of San Diego, California, the great-great grandson of Emil Foerster:

Emil Foerster was born on May 15, 1822 at Glessen, in what is now Germany. He came to the United States as a child. After revealing his artistic talent, he returned to Germany in 1847 and studied under Becker, Hilderbrand and others at Frankfort and at Dusseldorf. Among his fellow students was George Hartzel. Before returning to America, he was married by the American consul at Frankfurt am Main to Elisa Noll.

He then returned to America and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the leading German families of the city became his patrons. He painted six portraits for hanging in various Catholic religious institutions. Many landscapes and examples of still life also showed his talent and versatility. He was an intimate friend of Stephen Foster and was a pallbearer at Foster's funeral. He later worked in Philadelphia and New York City. He is reported to have painted over 600 portraits. He died in Pittsburgh on April 26, 1906.

1. Fleming, History of Pittsburgh, III, 626 (Rutledge, Pa.).
2. Young, American Descendants of Eberhard Reinemann, (Carlisle, Pa.),1982.
3. Newspaper article, undated and unknown publisher.

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