By: Isidore Singer
German painter; born at Mayence Jan. 8, 1843. He studied in Munich at the Royal Academy of Art (1859-62) under Julius Schrader. In 1863 his picture entitled "Joseph Explains the Dreams of Pharaoh" won him a scholarship which enabled him to visit Italy and to remain in Rome for two years. Before proceeding thither he passed a year in Paris, where he painted a portrait of the Countess of Ernaudes, which was exhibited in the Salon of 1865. During his sojourn in Rome (1866-68) he painted the historical pictures "Leave-Taking of Maria Stuart," from Melville's "Francesca di Rimini and Paulo Malatesta"; and "Don Carlos Taken Prisoner by Philip II." In 1869 Sichel returned to Germany, where he devoted himself to portrait-painting. Of his more important works may be mentioned: "The Beggar of the Pont des Arts"; "The Theban Woman"; "The Girl from Afar"; "Oriental Dancing Girl"; "La Favorita"; "Fatme"; and "Ghismonda."
- Das Geistige Berlin, 1897, pp. 500-501.