Otto Hamel (1866 Erfurt – 1950 Lohn am Main)
Doge's Palace in Venice
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 100 x 140 cm
Otto Hamel was born as the son of a decorative painter in Erfurt. After school, he attended the Royal Erfurt School of Art, where he studied with the historian painter Eduard von Hagen and with Hans Semper. Later he was continuing at the educational institution of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin and at the Academy Julian in Paris with B. Constant, R. Fleury and Lefebvre. With a scholarship from the city of Erfurt, he continued his studies in Berlin with Max Koch and Franz Skarbina. He had study trips to England, Netherlands, France and Italy, where he received a state scholarship for his study stay. In 1888 a year later he opened his first studio in Berlin. He continued his studies in Paris, where he came into contact with Impressionism.
In 1890, after his return, he was appointed professor of decorative art at the Fine Arts School in Hanover. He headed the decorative painting department there for 32 years. Otto Hamel prefers the representation of busy public places, streets in Italy and church interiors.