- Barbara Lange
(b Schwedt am Oder, June 28, 1805; d Karlsruhe, Dec 9, 1875).
German painter, illustrator and printmaker. After training as an engraver and lithographer in the workshop of his father, Karl Friedrich Heinrich Schrödter, he went to Berlin, where he became a pupil of Ludwig Buchheim. He studied painting in Düsseldorf with Wilhelm Schadow from 1829. His work of this period represents a critique of the sentimental Romanticism of contemporary painting in Düsseldorf. His paintings also had a comic element, derived from his interest in English works; this subsequently became an essential feature of genre painting in Düsseldorf. Tavern in the Rhineland (1833; Bonn, Rhein. Landesmus.) shows Schrödter’s attempt to create truth to nature by incorporating impressions from studies into the finished painting. The detailed activity and light colours contribute to the unusually fresh atmosphere of the pictures.
Schrödter’s illustrative work and decorative initials for books were imitated by many other artists. In 1835 he produced a decorative frontispiece for the first volume of ...