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Henry Fuseli, 1778. Portrait by James Northcote.
 
 
Henry Fuseli, original name Johann Heinrich Füssli (born Feb. 7, 1741, Zürich, Switz.—died April 16, 1825, Putney Hill, London, Eng.), Swiss-born artist whose paintings are among the most dramatic, original, and sensual works of his time.

Fuseli was reared in an intellectual and artistic milieu and initially studied theology. Obliged to flee Zürich because of political entanglements, he went first to Berlin, and then settled in London in 1764. He was encouraged to become a painter by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and he left England in 1770 to study in Italy, where he stayed until 1778. During his stay in Rome he studied the works of Michelangelo and classical art, which became his major stylistic influences.

Fuseli is famous for his paintings and drawings of nude figures caught in strained and violent poses suggestive of intense emotion. He also had a penchant for inventing macabre fantasies, such as that in The Nightmare (1781). Always drawn to literary and theatrical subjects, Fuseli developed a special interest in illustrating Shakespeare. He was one of the original contributing artists to John Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, for which he painted a number of works (1786–89). He had a noticeable influence on the style of his younger contemporary, William Blake.

In 1788 Fuseli was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, becoming a full academician two years later. During 1799–1805 and again from 1810 he was professor of painting at the Royal Academy. He was appointed keeper of the Academy in 1804.

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Die Entkleidung


Ezzelin and Meduna
1779
Oil on canvas, 45,7 x 50,8 cm
Sir John Soane's Museum, London


Silence



Theodore Meets in the Wood the Spectre of His Ancestor Guido Cavalcanti



Aphrodite fuhrt Paris zum Duell mit Menelaos



Brunhilde Observing Gunther, Whom She Has Tied to the Ceiling



The Artist Moved by the Grandeur of Antique Fragments
1778-79
Red chalk on sepia wash, 415 x 355 mm
Kunsthaus, Zürich




Perseus Returning the Eye of the Graii

 
 
 
 

Der Schiffbruch des Odysseus


Die drei Eidgenossen beim Schwur auf den Rutli






Cerasimus und Huon fliehen vor dem Elfenkonig Oberon



Dame am Frisiertisch



Das Erwachen der Elfenkonigin Titania



Die Elfenkonigin Titania streichelt den eselskopfigen Zettel



Die Elfenkönigin Titania und Zettel, der Weber mit Eselskopf
(Detail)


 


Die Elfenkönigin Titania und Zettel, der Weber mit Eselskopf
(Detail)






Die Elfenkönigin Titania und Zettel, der Weber mit Eselskopf
(Detail)



Der Feuerkonig






Der Kampf des Thor mit der Schlange des Midgard



Der Nachtmahr verlabt das Lager zweier schlafender Madchen



Der Schlaf und der Tod tragen den Korper des Sarpedon nach Lykien




Die Einsamkeit bei Tagesanbruch



Der Fluchtling



Dante and Virgil on the Ice of Kocythos
1774
Pen and sepia, watercolour, 390 x 274 mm
Kunsthaus, Zürich

 
 
 

 
 
 
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