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1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Uhde, Fritz Karl Hermann von

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UHDE, FRITZ KARL HERMANN VON (1848-       ), German painter, was born at Wolkenburg in Saxony. His artistic career, for which he studied first in Dresden, was interrupted for nearly ten years by military service, which included the two years of the Franco-German War, but in 1877 he again turned his attention to art, studying under Munkacsy in Paris and afterwards independently in Holland. His inclination was from the first directed towards religious subjects. He revived the practice of treating Biblical episodes realistically by transferring them to modern days. Thus in the “Come, Lord Jesus, be our Guest,” of the Berlin National Gallery, Christ appears among the peasant family assembled for their meal in a modern German farmhouse “parlour,” and in “The Sermon on the Mount” (Berlin, private collection) addresses a crowd of 19th century harvesters. Similar in conception are “Suffer Little Children to come unto Me” (Leipzig Museum), “The Holy Night” (Dresden Gallery), “The Last Supper,” “The Journey to Bethlehem” (Munich Pinakothek) and “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes.” Other works of his in public collections are: “Saying Grace,” at the Luxembourg in Paris; “Christ at Emmaus,” at the Staedel Institute, Frankfort; “The Farewell of Tobias,” at the Liechtenstein Gallery, Vienna; and a portrait of the actor Wohlmuth, at the Christiania Museum. Von Uhde became professor and honorary member of the academies of Munich, Dresden and Berlin.