The New International Encyclopædia/Friedrich, Woldemar

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FRIEDRICH, Woldemar (1846—). A German historical painter and illustrator, born at Gnadau. Province of Saxony. He studied in Berlin under Steffeck, and in Weimar under Plockhorst, Ramberg, and Verlat; took part in the Franco-German War of 1870-71, and after a visit to Italy, in 1873, returned to Weimar, where he was made professor at the School of Art in 1881. Called to Berlin in 1885 as instructor at the Academy, he was awarded the gold medal in 1886 for his allegorical ceiling-painting in the Exhibition Building. Among several other decorative works on a large scale are to be especially noticed “The Diet of Worms” (1892), in the Aula of the Gymnasium at Wittenberg, and the two mural paintings “Art and Science,” and “Book-Trade and Printing,” in the Booksellers' Exchange at Leipzig. A series of landscapes and genre pictures in water-colors and the illustrations to his work Sechs Monate in Indien (1893) were the fruits of a journey to India. In 1889 he became a member of and professor at the Berlin Academy.