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Richard Caton Woodville

Richard Caton Woodville

   •   Unclassified artists   •   Wikipedia: Richard Caton Woodville
106 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #4652
His great passion, painting and drawing, was absorbed by American painter Richard Caton Woodville at an early age. As a scion of a wealthy family, he was able to fully express his talent without financial pressure. During his medical studies at the University of Maryland, he was also unable to let go of his passion, which may well have moved him to pursue his intended career as a doctor. Instead, he went to Dusseldorf at the age of 20 with his wife Mary, whom he had married the year before. There he first attended the art academy, but took - he could afford it - soon private lessons with Karl Ferdinand son. This brought it with his opulent works, in which he took up themes from ancient mythology, already in his lifetime to great popularity and was later appointed director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy.

The world of antiquity, however, was less to Woodville's taste. He was much more attracted to the caricature of Johann Peter Hasenclever , with whom he became known during his time in Düsseldorf. Hasenclever is considered one of the most important German painters of the 19th century and co-founder of socially critical genre painting, whose famous representatives include Carl Spitzweg and Wilhelm Busch . From now on, this kind of ironically considered snapshot became the theme of Woodville. In his pictures, especially the world of the petty bourgeoisie in the age of Biedermeier is reflected, which many artists like satirical and with a slight wink.

At the end of the 1840s, Woodville had met the Düsseldorf architect's daughter Antoinette Marie Schnitzler in Sohn's studio, who, like him, was an avid painter. Because of him, his wife left him and went back to America with the three children. Richard Caton Woodville married a few years later his lover Antoinette, with whom he had a daughter. Together, the artist couple traveled in the following years Paris and England. Passion and savagery, as well as his life, marked Woodville's death - he died of an overdose of morphine at just 30 years old.

Almost even better known was his son Richard Caton Woodville junior , who also studied in Dusseldorf. However, he went artistically his own way and made his name as a battle painter. © Meisterdrucke


Old '76 and Young '48, 1849
1849 | Oil on canvas

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Old '76 and Young '48, 1849
1849 | Oil on canvas

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The Squire's Ball
Undated | engraving

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The Sailor's Wedding, 1852 (oil ...
1852 | oil on fabric

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The Sailor's Wedding, 1852 (oil ...
1852 | oil on fabric

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The Cavalier's Return, 1847
1847 | Oil on canvas

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The Cavalier's Return, 1847
1847 | Oil on canvas

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