See also:born at Hanover, and learned the rudiments of
See also:art in his native place . For one
See also:year he studied in the academy of
See also:Dusseldorf, and then he started at the age of twenty with
See also:thirty ducats in his
See also:pocket for Rome . There he lived a frugal
See also:life till 1796 . Copying pictures, chiefly by Salvator Rosa, for a livelihood, his taste led him to draw and paint from nature in
See also:Tivoli, Albano and other picturesque places in. the vicinity of Rome . Naples, the birthplace of his favourite
See also:master, he visited more than once `or the same reasons . In this way he became a bold executant in
See also:colours and in oil, though he failed to acquire any originality of his own .
See also:Bristol, who encouraged him as a copyist, predicted that he would be a second Salvator Rosa . But
See also:Dies was not of the
See also:wood which makes
See also:original artists . Besides other disqualifications, he had necessities which forced him to give up the
See also:great career of an
See also:independent painter .
See also:David, then composing his
See also:Horatii at Rome, wished to take him to
See also:Paris . But Dies had reasons for not accepting the offer . He was courting a
See also:Roman whom he subsequently married .
Meanwhile he had made the acquaintance of Volpato, for whom he executed numerous drawings, and this no doubt suggested theplan, which he afterwards carried out, of
See also:publishing, in
See also:partnership with Mechan, Reinhardt and Frauenholz, the series of plates known as the Collection de vues pittoresques de l'Italie, published in seventy-two sheets at
See also:Nuremberg in 1799 . With so many irons in the
See also:fire Dies naturally lost the power of concentration . Other causes combined to affect his
See also:talent . In 1787 he swallowed by
See also:mistake three-quarters of an
See also:ounce of
See also:sugar of lead . His. recovery from this
See also:poison was slow and incomplete . He settled at Vienna, and lived there on the produce of his
See also:brush as a landscape painter, and on that of his pencil or graver as a draughtsman and etcher . But instead of getting better, his
See also:condition became worse, and he even lost the use of one of his hands . In this condition he turned from
See also:painting to
See also:music, and spent his leisure
See also:hours in the pleasures of authorship . He did not long survive, dying at Vienna in 1822, after long years of chronic suffering . From two pictures now in the Belvedere gallery, and from numerous engraved drawings from the neighbourhood of Tivoli, we gather that Dies was never destined to rise above a respectable mediocrity . He followed Salvator Rosa's example in imitating the manner of
See also:Lorraine . But Salvator adapted the
See also:style of Claude, whilst Dies did no more than copy it .
LEON DIERA (1838– )
FRIEDRICH ADOLF WILHELM DIESTERWEG (179o-1866)
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