August von Brandis

August Friedrich Carl von Brandis (12 May 1859 in Berlin-Haselhorst - 18 October 1947 in Aachen) was a German impressionist painter, best known for his interiors. The German impressionist painter August von Brandis painted Aachen Cathedral in several works.

August von Brandis
Born(1859-05-12)May 12, 1859
DiedOctober 19, 1947(1947-10-19) (aged 88)
Resting placeAachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Alma materPrussian Academy of Arts, Berlin
Known forPainting
Bertha von der Kuhlen (m. 1876⁠–⁠1956)
AwardsGold Medal for Art by the Emperor Wilhelm II, Gold Medal of the Glaspalast Exhibition in Munich
ElectedDean of the RWTH Aachen


Rokoko-room in the Würzburg residence

August von Brandis came from the old noble family of Brandis from Alfeld an der Leine. Brandis attended the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin where he was taught by Hugo Vogel and Anton von Werner.

From 1884 he taught art at the Technical University of Gdansk, where he became a professor in 1904. Brandis worked together with Adolf Hölzel at his painting school "Neu-Dachau" and was a member of the Künstlerkolonie Dachau (artists’ colony of Dachau). Originally being an artist of historism in Dachau Brandis changed his style to impressionism. He received in 1910 and 1911 Gold Medal for Art by the Emperor Wilhelm II. at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition and 1911, and the Gold Medal of the Art Exhibition in Munich.

August von Brandis with students in Aachen

In 1909 he succeeded Alexander Frenz at the Faculty of Architecture of the RWTH Aachen as a full "professor of figure and landscape painting", and became dean in 1929.[1] In Aachen Brandis had his most successful and creative years. In Kaldenkirchen his parents-in-law had a house with a large garden, August von Brandis spent many time in the Rokoko pavilion.

He died in 1947 and was interred at the Waldfriedhof à Aachen.


  1. ^ "Spurensuche Ausstellung > Brandis".

Further readingEdit

  • Hammer, Wolfgang; Petzold, Andreas: August von Brandis 1859–1949, Monschau/Aachen, 1999.

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