Born: October 6, 1847, Marburg, Germany
Died: January 18, 1921, Munich, Germany
Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg
Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
Books: The problem of form in painting and sculpture
Children: Dietrich von Hildebrand
Lived: Maria-Theresia-Straße 23, 81675 München, Germany
Buried: Kirchhof Oberföhring, Oberfohring, Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Hans von Marees was a German painter. He mainly painted country scenes in a realistic style. Marees' lifelong companion was art theorist and critic Konrad Fiedler, who, in his Kunstwissenschaft, created the theory of pure form, rejecting the concepts of Beauty and Art. However, Marees also had an 8 years love affair with sculptor Adolph von Hildebrand. In 1869, von Marees visited France, the Netherlands and Spain with Fiedler. He served in military in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71) and then lived in Berlin and Dresden for a while. In 1873, he decorated the library walls of the newly built German Marine Zoological Institute in Naples, Italy with von Hildebrand. In 1877, von Hildebrand married Irene Schäuffelen. A painting by von Marees immortalized this event, with Irene in the middle of von Marees and von Hildebrand, with von Hildebrand reaching out to von Marees. Von Marees spent the last years of his life in Rome, supported by Fiedler. He died there in 1887, at the age of 49, and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery.
They met in 1866 and remained friends until Marees’ death in 1887: 21 years.
Hans von Marees (December 24, 1837 - June 5, 1887)
Konrad Fiedler (September 23, 1841 - June 3, 1895)
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Adolf von Hildebrand (1847–1921) is one of the most important neoclassical sculptors. Its marble monuments, busts and sculptures inspired by antiquity are among the best artistic achievements of German idealism: the Wittelsbach fountain at the Lehnbachplatz, the Father-Rhine fountain at Ludwigsbrücke, the equestrian statue of the Prince Regent Luitpold and the Hubertusbrunnen at the end of the Nymphenburger canal. After studying at Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Adolf von Hildebrand first traveled to Italy in 1867 and there met German philosophers and art theorists whose aesthetic theories greatly inspired him. Florentine Renaissance sculpture became his point of reference, and in 1872 he moved to Italy. Not until an 1884 exhibition in Berlin did his work come to the attention of a wider public in Germany. Seven years later, Hildebrand received his first large commission, for a fountain in Munich, whose completion brought him general recognition and numerous commissions. From then until the beginning of WWI, he divided his time between Florence and Munich. In 1898 Adolf von Hildebrand and his family moved in the newly built estate in Maria-Theresia-Straße 23. He died on October 18, 1921 aged 73 years in Munich and is buried in the cemetery of St. Lorenz at Oberföhring (Muspillistraße 14, 81925 München, Germany). His heirs, his son Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand and one of his daughters Irene Georgii, sold the Hildebrandhaus to the author Elisabeth Braun in 1934.
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