BEGAS, German family of artists

For more than a century, art life in Berlin was influenced by six members of this family: the painter Carl Begas the Elder, his four sons and a grandson. Two sons — Oskar Begas (1828-1883) and Adalbert Begas (1836-1888) — became painters; the other two sons, Reinhold Begas and Carl Begas the Younger, and Reinhold's son Werner Begas (1872-1927) became sculptors. The forefathers of the Begas family apparently came from Spain via the Netherlands, and an earlier spelling of their name was Begasse.

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