Woelfl Adelbert, , 1823-1896 /  ,   - Breslau

Adelbert Woelfl in Emil Brehmer's painting from 1855

Adelbert Woelfl (1823-1896)

Born in Münsterberg, Woelfl was among the most famous painters of Breslau's cityscape. He was associated with the city from his early years - he graduated the gymnasium of St. Matthias and studied languages at the university there. A sought after portraitist of Breslau, Ernst Resch, taught him the secrets of painting, and then Woelfl polished his skills during numerous travels over Germany, Austria and north of Italy. His vedutas of Breslau were very popular among local collectors, e.g. consul Theodor Ehrlich amassed a large group of Woelfl's works.

Duration of this collection in Silesia: around mid-19th century - 1896
Description of the collection:

At first Woelfl collected prints of modern artists. In time his collector's passion evolved and started absorbing all his funds. He possessed drawings and watercolors of Carl Philipp Fohr (previously owned by other artists of Breslau, Carl Hermann and Raphael Schall), numerous compositions by Schall, Johann Heinrich König and Amand G. Zausig, with whom he was personally acquainted. After Wolfl's death his collection, the value of which was estimated at 15000 marks, was auctioned. A part of the works were acquired by other collectors of Breslau: Toni Neisser, Eduard Feige and Wilhelm Perlhöfter.

Categories of works of art in this collection: Drawing (2)

Hanna Grisebach, Adelbert Wölfl [in:] Schlesische Lebensbilder, v. 4, Breslau 1931, p. 363-373

Ernst Scheyer, Schlesische Malerei der Biedermeierzeit, München 1965

Piotr Łukaszewicz, Adalbert Woelfl (1826-1893). Malarz dawnego Wrocławia, Wrocław 1993


My thanks to dr Piotr Łukaszewicz for valuable information on Woelfl's biography and collection.

Localization: Breslau (Wrocław) - Mohnhauptstr. 9 (today's ul. Jana Matejki)
Authors of this entry:
  • Magdalena Palica
Published on: 04 / 08 / 2010
Project co-financed by Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under Government Project – Civic Benefit Fund.
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