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Eduard Hildebrandt

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Landscape with Black People

San Vicente, Lisbon

View on the Pearl River, Macao

Great Sphinx of Giza with Pyramids in the Background

A fazenda, Brazil, with a group of slaves in the foreground and a hillside beyond

A Glória, Rio de Janeiro

Largo da Carioca, with the Carioca Fountain in front and the Convent of St. Anthony in the background.

Views of Bangkok

Rocks at Capri with fishermen

The Feather Store or 'Old Cocked Hat', Boston

Rocks at Capri with fishermen

The small boatmen

Queen's Road, Hongkong

Round Street, Beijing

Street in San Francisco with a steam omnibus

Ship in distress

Wintry channel countryside overlooking a Dutch city

View of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople

Church of Saint Rita of Cascia - Rio de Janeiro

View of the Ruins of the Temple of Karnak

Mountain Landscape

Naval battle

Sunset over Cape San Vicente on Madeira

Sunset over Pedra da Gavea, Rio de Janeiro

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Eduard Hildebrandt

Eduard Hildebrandt (9 September 1817, Danzig; † 25. October 1868, Berlin) was a German painter. He served as apprentice to his father, a house-painter at Danzig. He was not twenty when he moved to Berlin, where he was taken in hand by Wilhelm Krause, a painter of sea pieces. Several early pieces exhibited after his death—a breakwater, dated 1838, ships in a breeze off Swinemunde (1840), and other canvases of this and the following year—show Hildebrandt to have been a careful student of nature, with inborn talents kept down by the conventionalisms of the formal school to which Krause belonged.

Accident made him acquainted with masterpieces of French art displayed at the Berlin Academy, and these awakened his curiosity and envy. He went to Paris, where, about 1842, he entered the atelier of Isabey and became the companion of Lepoittevin. In a short time he sent home pictures which might have been taken for copies from these artists. Gradually he mastered the mysteries of touch and the secrets of effect in which the French at this period excelled.

He also acquired the necessary skill in painting figures, and returned to Germany, skilled in the rendering of many kinds of landscape forms. His pictures of French street life, done about 1843, while impressed with the stamp of the Paris school, reveal a spirit eager for novelty, quick at grasping, equally quick at rendering, momentary changes of tone and atmosphere.

After 1843 Hildebrandt, under the influence of Humboldt, extended his travels, and in 1864-1865 he went round the world. Whilst his experience became enlarged his powers of concentration broke down. He lost the taste for detail in seeking for scenic breadth, and a fatal facility of hand diminished the value of his works for all those who look for composition and harmony of hue as necessary concomitants of tone and touch.

In oil he gradually produced less, in water colours more, than at first, and his fame must rest on the sketches which he made in the latter form, many of them represented by chromolithography. Fantasies in red, yellow and opal, sunset, sunrise and moonshine, distances of hundreds of miles like those of the Andes and the Himalaya, narrow streets in the bazaars of Cairo or Suez, panoramas as seen from mast-heads, wide cities like Bombay or Pekin, narrow strips of desert with measure-less expanses of skyall alike display his quality of bravura. Hildebrandt died at Berlin on the 25th of October 1868.

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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