Germany • 1794−1854

Biography and information

German painter. Studied in Paris and Italy. From 1824 he worked in Berlin. Early works of the artist written on religious subjects. In the 1830-ies Begas turned to literary themes from the middle ages with a close group of düsseldorf romantics. To the best achievements of the artist belong to his portrait work. The sons of Behasa worked as painters (Adalbert and Oscar) and sculptors (Carl's Jr. and Reinhold).

The father of Begasa, a judge by profession, he prepared his son to work in the field of jurisprudence, but in the school Bahasa has a knack for drawing. In 1812 he was sent to Paris to improve in painting. After 18 months in the Studio of Antoine-Jean Gros, began to work independently. In 1814 his copy of the Madonna della Sedia was bought by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm III that drew attention to the work of young artist. Begas received an order for the creation of several large format paintings on biblical themes, and in 1825, after his return from Italy, he continued to paint pictures that were placed in the churches of Berlin and Potsdam. Some of them were on historical themes, but most depicted biblical scenes.

Begas was also engaged in portrait painting, adding to the Royal portrait gallery with a series of portraits of eminent Prussian writers. In 1846 he was appointed court painter.