The Watering Well

WILHELM GENTZ (1822-1890)

The Watering Well

1822 Germany

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Karl Wilhelm Gentz

German 1822 – 1890

At the Well

Oil on canvas, signed lower left

Image size: 17 x 24 inches

Ornate orientalist frame
Wilhelm Gentz was born in Neuruppin near Berlin on 9th December 1822. The second child of Johann Christian Gentz, a successful merchant and banker. Having studied at the Neuruppin high school he then enrolled at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Berlin where he studied philosophy, aesthetics and art.

By 1845 he had decided to pursue a career in painting so he attended the renowned studio of the portrait painter August von Klöeber after which Gentz spent nine months at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Art followed by a period in London and then Paris. It was in France’s capital that he entered the studio of Paul Delaroche then headed by Charles Gleyre, famed for his classical as well as Oriental paintings and whose pupils included Monet, Sisley and Renoir.

He was a pupil at the BerlinAcademy and at the studio of August Von Kloeber. He studied thereafter in Antwerp and from 1845 - 1858 in Paris at first with Gleyre and then with Couture. His stay in Paris was broken by study travels to Spain and Morocco (1847) Egypt, Nubia and Asia Minor (1850 - 1855). Egypt which he visited six times gave him material for his numerous paintings of life in the Arab world, which between 1860 and 1880 earned him great popularity with the Berlin public.

From 1856 onwards he sent pictures regularly to the Berlin Academy Exhibitions and from 1869 he also exhibited at the MunichGlassPalace. In 1873 he visited Palestine, Syria and Turkey, mainly to make studies for “Entry of the Crown Prince of Prussia into Jerusalem” (1876 - National GalleryBerlin) with which he achieved great success, being honoured with the large gold medal.Wilhem Gentz died in Berlin on the 23rd August 1890. His works are represented in the Museum of Berlin, Leipzig, and Triest.


Thieme Becker Vol XIII p.417

E.Benezit Vol p.674
Height 17.00 inch (43.18 cm)
Width 24.00 inch (60.96 cm)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left
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