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Gildebrandt Eduard (Hildebrandt Eduard, 1818 - 1869)

A well-known German artist, landscape painter. Born in Danzig (now Gdansk). In the years of 1839 - 1840 he learned arts from the famous marine painter W. Krause in Berlin. From 1842 to 1843 he studied at the art studio of the famous painter and teacher E. Izabey in Paris. In 1943 he won a silver medal at the Salon. He lived and worked in Berlin. By order of King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm IV made several trips to portray the nature and ethnographic features of the faraway countries. Visited Brazil (1843 - 1845), Spain and Portugal (1847), the Far East (1851), and the Scandinavian countries (1856). In 1862 he went on a round-the-world trip, visited the East Indies, China, the Pacific Islands, and North America and through the UK returned to Berlin in 1864. The result of the  numerous trips was a large number of easel painting works and pencil drawings, sketches and studies, mostly performed in watercolor. Most of these works are kept in the Old National Gallery in Berlin. Since 1872 the watercolors of the master had been replicated in chromolithographs. In 1866 and 1868 his solo exhibitions were held at Crystal Palace in London. He became known as one of the leading marine painters of Berlin school of painting in the middle of XIX century. His works are presented at the Museum of St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, the London National Gallery, museums of Cologne, Rouen, Hong Kong and many others.