Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

1816-1868 Germany/America-Romanticism

 

Brief Biography-Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was born in Württemberg, Germany. His family travelled to America when he was nine years old, they stayed in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Philadelphia. He studied with the portrait painter John Rubens Smith in Philadelphia and when his father died in 1831 he scraped a living doing portraits. He eventually earned his way into the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Germany, where he studied under Karl Friedrich Lessing, the historical and landscape painter. He travelled Germany and Italy widely during which time he set up his own studio in Düsseldorf and became involved in the Malkasten, the 'Paintbox Artists Association’ that was founded in 1848 which he helped establish.

He returned to America in 1859 and set up studio in New York where he enjoyed a successful career doing historical works. The family settled in Washington D.C. in 1861, he died there in 1868. His most famous painting is ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. One of his many students, when he was in Düsseldorf, was the American landscape painter Worthington Whittredge.

 

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the course of empire
takes its way

westward the course of empire takes its way

columbus before
the queen

columbus before the queen

general and governor
ambrose burnside

general and governor ambrose burnside

mrs schuyler burning
her wheat fields

mrs schuyler burning her wheat fields on the approach of the british

portrait of william
morris hunt

portrait of william morris hunt

receiving
the order

receiving the order

storming of the
teocalli by cortez

storming of the teocalli by cortez and his troops

the
amber necklace

the amber necklace

the knight of sayn
and the gnomes

the knight of sayn and the gnomes

washington crossing
the delaware

washington crossing the delaware

whittredge in his
tenth street studio

worthington whittredge in his tenth street studio

light and
shadow

light and shadow