Ludwig Emil Grimm

Ludwig Emil Grimm

German artist and engraver
Date of Birth: 14.03.1790
Country: Germany

Biography of Ludwig Emil Grimm

Ludwig Emil Grimm was a German artist and engraver, known for being the brother of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. He was born as the fifth son of Philipp Wilhelm Grimm (1751-1796), an amtmann in the city of Steinau an der Strasse, and Dorothea Zimmer (1755-1805). In the historiographical tradition, he is often referred to as the "Artist Brother" (Malerbruder).

In 1808, Ludwig Emil Grimm went to Munich to study drawing and engraving under the renowned artist and engraver of that time, C. Hess. He quickly achieved great success in his chosen field. Grimm worked in various techniques and genres, including genre compositions, landscapes, battle scenes, and animal studies, but primarily focused on portraits. He is also considered one of the prominent illustrators of the 19th century.

From 1812 to 1815, Grimm prepared illustrations for one of his older brothers' most famous works, "Grimms' Fairy Tales." The images he created for this edition became classics and are still reproduced by illustrators and publishers of fairy tales in many countries to this day.

During the years 1813 to 1815, Grimm participated in the "War of Liberation" (Befreiungskriege) and later settled in Kassel. In 1816, he embarked on a months-long journey through Italy before returning to Munich. In 1825, he co-founded the first professional association of artists in Germany, the "Willingshausen Art Colony," together with the Russian artist of German origin, E.F. Reiter.

In 1832, Ludwig Emil Grimm was elected as a professor at the Academy in Kassel. He continued to produce art throughout his life, leaving a significant impact on the art world with his diverse body of work in various mediums and genres.