SCHOLDERER, Otto Franz
(b. 1834, Frankfurt/Main, d. 1902, Frankfurt/Main)

Violinist at the Window

1861
Oil on canvas, 150 x 103 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Biography

German still-life and portrait painter. He was born in Frankfurt where he studied at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut with Johann David Passavant (1787-1861) and Jacob Becker )1810-1872). Subsequently, Scholderer established himself in Städel as a freelance painter. During this period his friendship with Victor Müller (1829-1871) began; Scholderer became his brother-in-law in 1868.

Through Müller, Scholderer became acquainted with the works of Gustave Courbet. Scholderer made several short study trips to Paris between 1857 and 1858, where he became friends with Henri Fantin-Latour and Édouard Manet, whose influence can be seen in his subsequent work. Fantin-Latour depicted Scholderer in his picture Studio aux Batignolles.

In 1869 he established himself in Munich, renewing his friendship with Wilhelm Leibl and becoming one of the artists of the Leibl-Kreis (Leibl circle). From 1871 to 1899 he lived in London. After 1899, Scholderer returned to his hometown of Frankfurt, where he died.