Adolph Schreyer (German, 1828 – 1899)

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Adolf Schreyer was a German artist associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting and German Romanticism. Known for his depictions of Bedouin men, Schreyer learned Arabic while living in Algiers, Egypt, and Syria, where he became immersed in Bedouin customs and way of life as an official war artist. His works were painted with an eye for strong color and composition, and his landscapes show the men advancing or traveling on horseback. Born on July 9, 1828 in Frankfurt, Germany, Schreyer attended the Düsseldorf Academy (now the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf) under Wilhelm von Schadow, and has drawn comparisons to Eugène Delacroix and Eugène Fromentin for his distinctive style. Schreyer died on July 29, 1899 in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany.