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 Ernest (Lotechius) Lotichius  (1840 - 1876)



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Lived/Active: New York / Germany      Known for: animal, landscape, and genre painting

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Ernest Lotichius
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Deer in a Wooded Landscape
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An animal, landscape, and genre painter, Ernest Lotichius received his initial art instruction in Germany, working in Dusseldorf and Munich until 1841. He emigrated to the United States, settling in New York City by 1858.

He exhibited at the National Academy of Design under the name of Loteshius, and also exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, Zanesville Industrial Exposition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Cosmopolitan Art Association.

He traveled and painted extensively throughout the Catskills and New York state.

In the book "All that is Glorious Around Us," 1997, John Driscoll writes of an exhibition of Hudson River School painters: "Falls of the Kaaterskill" by Ernest Lotichius (1840-1874) depicts one of the great wonders of the Catskills, a subject also painted earlier by Thomas Cole. There is scant information about Lotichius but Driscoll noted that his paintings were large and scattered in collections of the period from Maine to Minnesota.

"This indicates an immigrant's experience in democratic America that would certainly have warmed the cockles of Alexis de Tocqueville.The ethereal treatment (the falls seem to emerge from the surrounding haze) lends an intensely Gothic feeling to the composition. Of particular interest are the several tree limbs that dramatically finger the misty atmosphere with their brittle, angular, and almost agitated forms. One wonders if the figure with the sketchbook at the lower right of the picture might be an homage to Cole, or perhaps the artist himself, inquiring of a safe footpath through the mangled and mysterious natural debris littering the base of the falls."

John Driscoll, "All That is Glorious"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Biographical supplements to Ernest Lotichius from Klaus Lotichius, a descendant of the artist:

Based on research in family history since more than 100 years we definitively know that Ernest (in German: Ernst) Lotichius belongs to our family (13th generation). It's a very old German family with this rare name: The first known ancestor was born about 1475.

Ernest Lotichius has been born September, probably: 4th (perhaps: 25th) 1813 in Wiesbaden / Hessen / Germany, where his father, Johann Friedrich Lotichius, had an important position (Councelor of the Domaines) at the court of the Counts of Hessen-Nassau. Ernest was the 3rd of nine children.

He has lived in Munich (Bavaria) for a longer time (evidently some years). It is verified that he lived there until 1854. He went to US (presumably September) 1854 on a German ship via Bremen to New York City.

He lived in the United States about 20 years and returned to Germany (presumably 1874) and lived then in Wiesbaden again, later in Kronberg (near Frankfurt/Main) and died on May, probably 24th (maybe also: 27th = probably date of his funeral) 1876 in Wiesbaden again.

The existence of some paintings of his early period in Germany is known and these paintings are in the property of the family: There are two great paintings of animals, a sunrise and moonlight in forest scene, a view on the famous rock Loreley in the river Rhine from left bank of Rhine, and a self-portrait.

There has existed a crayon portrait of his father, which maybe was painted by him. It was either painted in 1836, the year of the death of his father, or in earlier years, This means that Ernest would have been 23 years old or younger. But in this case it isn't verified, that he has been the painter.

Furthermore in family property there has been a portrait (pencil) of Lotichius, signed by "Hansson, Munich 1854". A small oil portrait of him has also existed until at least 1911 in family property. The whereabouts of the other paintings in property of the family is unknown. Maybe they are - partially - burned during World War II in Frankfurt/Main or in Dresden, where the most of the painting owning members of the family have lived in that time and their houses have burned out.

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