August von Bayer

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Das Strassburger Muenster im Mittelalter by August von Bayer
Ritter Toggenburg, a ballad by Friedrich Schiller. Drawing by Bayer in the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.

August von Bayer (1803-1875) was a German painter of architectural subjects


Bayer was born in May 1803 into a patrician Catholic family in Rorschach.[1] He studied architecture under Weinbrenner, at Karlsruhe. In the mid-1820s he went to Munich, with the intention of pursuing a career in architecture, but soon turned to painting instead. His architectural education did, however provide him with a knowledge of construction rare amongst painters. He combined this knowledge with outstanding gifts as a colourist, which allowed him to tackle the most subtle effects of light.[1]

In the early 1840s he moved to Baden-Baden, where his work came to the attention of a wider circle of prominent admirers, including Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Hanover, and Queen Augusta of Prussia. He spent the winters in Karlsruhe.[1] In 1853 he was appointed him conservator of the monuments and antiquities in the Grand Duchy of Baden,[2] a post to which he brought more of an aesthetic than a scientific outlook.[1]

His last years were clouded by illness. He died in Karlsruhe on 2 February 1875.[1]


Among his best works are:[2]

There are four works by him in the Pinakothek at Munich.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Weech, Friedrich von (1902). "Bayer, August von". Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. 46. Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. pp. 277–8.
  2. ^ a b Bryan 1886


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Bayer, August von". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.

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