Thoma, Hans (1839-1924) by Scholes, Robert

Hans Thoma (1839 – 1924) Thoma was born in Bernau in the Black Forest and his landscape paintings and graphic works were influenced by the scenery of his homeland. After early studies in Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf he went to Paris in 1868 to study under Courbet who was a major influence on him. In 1874 he visited Italy and from 1899 was Director of the Karlsruhe Academy. He developed a highly individual style, not being influenced by the major schools of his time. His landscapes, genre paintings and prints all have a slightly ethereal quality. His work is exhibited widely in all important German museums and galleries. In , Huntly Carter praises Thoma as “a romantic realist who has devoted his life to making love to Nature and expressing it in glowing colour. He has many friends in this country who will, no doubt welcome the story of his life contained in (Suddeutsche Monatschefte, Munich, 5m.).” The New Age (NA 6.3:67) Im Herbst des Lebens

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