Franz Defregger (after 1883
Franz von Defregger) (30 April 1835 – 2 January 1921) was an
Austrian artist known mostly for his genre and history
He was born in Ederhof near
Stronach, in Tyrol, the son of a prosperous farmer. In 1860,
following his father's death, Franz sold the family's farm
and moved to Innsbruck, where he studied with the sculptor
Michael Stolz. He went to Munich in 1861 to study under
Hermann Dyck and Hermann Anschütz. In 1863 he travelled to
Paris, where he continued his artistic education
autodidactically by a routine of figure drawing and a
thorough study of the museums, art collections and studios.
On 8 July 1865 he returned to Munich, where from 1867 to
1870 he studied alongside Hans Makart and Gabriel Max in the
studio of history painter Karl von Piloty.
Defregger became one of the
leading genre painters in Munich, and became a professor of
history painting at the Munich Academy, where he continued
to teach until 1910. He died in Munich in 1921.
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