Johann Köler

1826-1899 Estonia/Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Johann Köler was born to a peasant family in Viljandi, southern Estonia. After studying locally and in the Latvian town of Võnnu, he made his way to Saint Petersburg where in 1848, he entered the Imperial Academy of Arts. He didn’t win a scholarship for travelling, however in 1857, he won a two-year scholarship for the Society for Fostering Arts. He ventured to Paris and the Northern countries before going to Italy in 1858, he painted for a four-year period based in Rome. His style changed from the strict academic tendencies of the Saint Petersburg Academy to influences acquired in Paris and Rome perhaps whilst painting natural landscapes. When he returned to Saint Petersburg in 1861 he tutored the daughter of Tsar Alexander II and lectured at the Academy until 1870. He was known to be influential in the escalation of the Estonian Nation Awakening which was a period considered to be the beginning of independence that eventually came about in 1918. He died in Saint Petersburg in 1899.

 

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christ on
the cross

christ on the cross


come to me

come to me

count platon
aleksandrovich zubov

count platon aleksandrovich zubov

doctor philipp karell
doctor of czars

doctor philipp karell doctor of czars nicolai 1 and alexander 2 by Johann Köler

eva after the
fall of sin

eva after the fall of sin

eve with
pomegranate

eve with pomegranate

kreutzwald reading
the kalevipoeg

friedrich reinhold kreutzwald reading the kalevipoeg

hercules removes
cerberus

hercules removes cerberus from the gates of hell


hugo treffner

hugo treffner


italian landscape

italian landscape

italian woman with
children by a stream

italian woman with children by a stream

lorelei expelled
by monks

lorelei expelled by monks


loyal guard

loyal guard

mom with sick
daughter music magic

mom with sick daughter music magic

mrs
adele koler

mrs adele koler

portrait
of a lady

portrait of a lady

portrait of
alexander three

portrait of alexander three

prince
a. m. gorchakov

prince a. m. gorchakov


self portrait

self portrait