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Louis Lang, Women's Art Class, ca. 1868

Women's Art Class, ca. 1868

Louis Lang (1814 – 1893)

Louis Lang, a painter of historical, biblical, literary and anecdotal subjects, was born in Waldsee, Wurtemberg, Germany, on March 29, 1814. Paintings include Mary Stuart Distributing Gifts, Jephtha’s Daughter, Neapolitan Fisher Family and Romeo and Juliet.

He came from an artistic family, his father being a history painter. Combining this heritage with his own native talents, he was producing successful pastels at age sixteen. Lang studied in Stuttgart, Germany and Paris, France, before coming to the United States in 1838. He first settled in Philadelphia, then lived in Italy from 1841-1845, before returning to America (1847) and living the majority of his life in New York City, with frequent visits to Europe.

During the Civil War, Lang was working in the well-known artistic landmark, the Tenth Street Studio Building, in New York City. John F. Kensett and Emanuel Leutze were other artists there at the time.

Lang was a member of the Artists’ Fund Society, and the National Academy of Design, New York City, one of his exhibition venues. He was elected an Associate there in 1850, and an Academician in 1852.

Louis Lang died on May 6, 1893.

Sources include:
Groce and Wallace, The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America

Biography from the Archives of AskART