Albrecht Adam Austrian Cavalry Resting in a Village
Austrian Cavalry Resting in a Village
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Albrecht Adam ( Nördlingen 1786 - Munich 1862 )

Albrecht Adam (1786 – 1862) was a German painter known for his paintings and engravings of battles. Born in Nördlingen, he began an apprenticeship as a baker and in 1803 travelled to Nuremberg to begin his training. However, influenced by the director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremberg and later by Johann Rugendas, he turned his hand to painting. After participating in the Austrian campaign of 1809, he stayed for a time in Vienna, where he drew the attention of Napoleon's stepson Prince Eugène de Beauharnais and was appointed his court painter. Most of Adam's subsequent works dealt with Napoleon's Russian campaign, in which he participated under de Beauharnais. Among other works, he painted a diary of the campaign in 83 scenes.

In 1815, Adam moved to Munich, where he was occupied by the emperors and kings of Bavaria and Austria. His studio in Munich was frequently visited by Theodor Horschelt, who later became well known for his paintings of the Russian Caucasian War.He worked until a great age, recording battles and portraying horses, even though in his late works he was supported by the help of his sons, Benno, Eugen and Franz. Adam died in Munich in 1862.