Anton Graff

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Anton Graff
With the arrival of this self-portrait (1765) on January 16, 1766, in Dresden Graff’s carrier as one of the most famous portrait artists of the Neoclassicism began
Born 18 November 1736(1736-11-18)
Winterthur, Switzerland
Died 22 June 1813(1813-06-22) (aged 76)
Dresden, Germany
Nationality Swiss
Field Portrait Painting
Training Johann Ulrich Schellenberg, Johann Jacob Haid, Leonhard Schneider
Movement Neoclassicism
Works Portrait of Frederick the Great (1781). His masterpiece
Patrons Royal Courts of Prussia and Saxony
Influenced by Johann Ulrich Schellenberg, Antoine Pesne, Ján Kupecký, Hyacinthe Rigaud, George Desmarées
Influenced Philipp Otto Runge, Caspar David Friedrich
Awards 1783: Honorary Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 1812: Honorary Member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

Anton Graff (18 Novembr 1736 - 22 June 1813) was a Swiss painter, of the period called Classicism. He mostly did portrait-painting, and was among the most important painters of his time. He knew how to capture the character of the people he painted. Anton Graff left many paintings of the people that were important during his time. In that sense, his paintings are historically significant.