HANS THOMA (German / 1839-1924)

Hans Thoma was born in Bernau in the Black Forest in 1839, the son of a miller. He showed strong artistic leanings as a boy, learning as much as he could about art from a painter of clock-faces. The Grand-Duke of Bade took an interest in the talented boy, and gave him a grant to support his art studies. Thoma began with lithography, which he learned from Schirmer in Karlsruhe. After working in Düsseldorf he moved to Paris, where he was a pupil of Gustave Courbet. in 1868. Moving to Munich, Hans Thoma formed friendships with Wilhelm Leibl, Arnold Böcklin, and Wilhelm Trübner. He visited Italy in 1874, then settled in Frankfurt, where he became President of the Artists' Association. Hans Thoma did not really make his name until a highly successful exhibition in Munich in 1889 established him as a painter of the first rank. The following year he was made an honorary member of the Munich Academy. In 1899 he was made curator of the museum at the Karlsruhe Academy. Hans Thoma's art is a very individual one, formed by his love of the forested landscape of his childhood, and exuding a sense of almost magical calm. His aesthetic, formed largely by his love of early German masters such as Altdorfer and Cranach, offers a German parallel to the work of the Pre-Raphaelites in England. There is also a clear influence of the French printmaker Henri Rivière.

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Selected prints by HANS THOMA

Selbstbildnis, 1898
Landschaft, 1896

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