Caspar Wolf, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Caspar Wolf

Swiss painter

Date of Birth: 03-May-1735

Place of Birth: Muri, Aargau, Switzerland

Date of Death: 06-Oct-1783

Profession: painter

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Caspar Wolf

  • Caspar Wolf (Muri, Aargau, 3 May 1735 – Heidelberg, 6 October 1783) was a Swiss painter, known mostly for his dramatic paintings of the Alps.
  • He was strongly influenced by Albrecht von Haller's poems on the Alps, and the Sturm und Drang movement.
  • After 1773 Wolf mostly painted glaciers, caves, waterfalls and gorges. Wolf was the son of a furniture maker, who was banned from his city.
  • Wolf was trained in Konstanz, between 1753 and 1759 he worked in Augsburg, Munich, Passau as a decoration painter.
  • Not being able to sell his work he went disappointed back to his home town.
  • For Horben Castle he painted by hand the wallpaper on the first floor.
  • In 1768 Wolf lived in Basel.
  • From 1769 till 1771 he stayed in Paris and worked with Philip James de Loutherbourg.
  • In 1774 he moved to Bern.
  • Wolf made a deal with the local publisher Abraham Wagner who had a geological interest, to deliver 200 paintings.
  • He travelled with Wagner or a minister Jakob Samuel Wyttenbach in Berner Oberland and Wallis.
  • From 1780-1781 he was working in Spa, Cologne, Aix-la-Chapelle and Düsseldorf.
  • He died in poor circumstances in a hospital. In 1779 his prints were exhibited in Bern but the book failed to sell.
  • Wagner received help from a Swiss army officer in Dutch service and in 1785 thirty aquatints were published in Amsterdam.
  • Till 1948 ninety of these aquatints were exhibited in Keukenhof Castle, but sold.
  • Today these works can be seen in the Kunsthaus in Aarau. His son Theodor Wolf (1770–1818) was a still life painter.

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