Leutze, Emanuel Gottlieb


Leutze, Emanuel Gottlieb

▪ German-American painter
born May 24, 1816, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Württemberg [Germany]
died July 18, 1868, Washington, D.C., U.S.

      German-born American historical painter whose picture Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) numbers among the most popular and widely reproduced images of an American historical event.

      Leutze was brought to the United States as a child. In 1841 he returned to Germany to study at the Academy in Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf school). He remained in Germany for almost 20 years and was primarily occupied with painting a series of canvases based on U.S. history. Sentimental and anecdotal in content, they are painstakingly executed in the highly finished style of the Düsseldorf school, characterized by firm drawing, careful rendering of detail, and filled-in colour. Arguably Leutze's best-known work, Washington Crossing the Delaware became a symbol of American patriotism although it was originally meant to energize Germans who had been defeated in the Revolution of 1848 (1848, Revolutions of). The painting features several inaccuracies: the flag is anachronistic, the boats are too small, the wrong time of day is depicted, and it is disputed whether Washington could have crossed the Delaware River standing in the manner presented.

      Leutze returned to the United States in 1859 and in 1860 was commissioned by the U.S. Congress to decorate a stairway in the Capitol at Washington, D.C., for which he painted a large composition, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (often erroneously called “Westward Ho”), illustrating the settlement of the Far West.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze — Emanuel Leutze Washington Crossing the Delaware …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze — Emanuel Leutze Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, né le 24 mai 1816 à Schwäbisch Gmünd, dans le Württemberg, mort le 18 juillet …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Emanuel Leutze — Born May 24, 1816(1816 05 24) Schwäbisch Gmünd, Württemberg Germany Died …   Wikipedia

  • Leutze — Emanuel Leutze Washington Crossing the Delaware …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Emanuel Leutze — auf einem Gemälde von William Morris Hunt, ca. 1845 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Emanuel Leutze — Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, né le 24 mai 1816 à Schwäbisch Gmünd, dans le Württemberg, mort le …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Leutze — /loyt seuh/, n. Emanuel Gottlieb /i man yooh euhl got leeb/; Ger. /ay mah nooh el gawt leep/, 1816 68, German painter in the U.S. * * * …   Universalium

  • Leutze — /loyt seuh/, n. Emanuel Gottlieb /i man yooh euhl got leeb/; Ger. /ay mah nooh el gawt leep/, 1816 68, German painter in the U.S …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whittredge — „Encampment Along The Platte“ von Worthington Whittredge Worthington Whittredge (* 22. Mai 1820 in Springfield, Ohio; † 25. Februar 1910 in Summit, New York) war ein US amerikanischer Maler und gilt als Mitglied der „ …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Washington, George — born Feb. 22, 1732, Westmoreland county, Va. died Dec. 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, Va., U.S. American Revolutionary commander in chief (1775–83) and first president of the U.S. (1789–97). Born into a wealthy family, he was educated privately. In 1752 …   Universalium