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NEUSTÄTTER, LOUIS:

German portrait- and genre-painter; born in Munich Sept. 5, 1829; died in Tutzing, on the Starnbergersee, May 24, 1899. Neustätter studied first under the copperplate-engraver Peter Latz, then at the Munich Polytechnicum and the Munich Academy (entered 1847), and in 1850 in the atelier of the portrait-painter Bernhard. His first pictures appeared soon after this and were favorably received. He visited Paris in 1852, worked some time with Cogniet, and then went to Rome and Naples. From 1854 to 1864 he was in Vienna, where he painted a large number of portraits. It was not until 1860 that he took up genre-work, his earliest pictures in this field—"TheOrphans" (in the possession of the banker Zimmer) and "The Widow"—meeting with such great success that he duplicated them. He next resided in Munich, removing in 1879 to Tutzing, which he was largely instrumental in making a place of popular resort. He was voted the freedom of the town in recognition of his efforts to improve and beautify it; he and his brother were the only resident Jews. King Ludwig II. of Bavaria and the emperor Francis Joseph of Austria conferred on him high orders. Of Neustätter's genre-pictures the best are, besides the two mentioned above, "Rèverie" "The Breakfast," "Visit to the Foster-Parents," "A Canary-Bird's Burial," "The Hermit," and "The Shooting-Club." His last picture was "A Praying Child."

Bibliography:
  • Seybert, Künstler-Lexicon;
  • Meyers Konversations-Lexikon;
  • Singer, Allg. Künstler-Lexicon, Supplement, 1901;
  • Scribner's Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings;
  • Illustrirt. Zeitung, Leipsic, June 1, 1899.
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