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Thomas Georg Driendl

Thomas Georg Driendl German architect, restorer and painter

German architect, restorer and painter
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Intro German architect, restorer and painter
A.K.A. Thomas Driendl
Was Architect Restorer Painter
From Brazil Germany
Type Arts Engineering
Gender male
Birth 2 April 1849, Munich, Germany
Death Niterói, Brazil
Star sign AriesAries
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Thomas Georg Driendl (date unknown)

Thomas Georg Driendl (2 April 1849, Munich - February 1916, Niterói) was a German-born Brazilian painter, architect, and art restorer. He specialized in landscapes, portraits and religious themes.

Life

His father was the lithographer Thomas Driendl (1805–1859). While fighting in the Franco-Prussian War, he met and befriended the painter Georg Grimm. After the war, in 1873, he joined Grimm at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where he enrolled in the class on antiquities.

The Silversmith (1892)

In June 1881, again following Grimm's advice, he sailed for Brazil, where he became the South American representative of the "Institut für Religiöse Malerei". He eventually settled in Rio de Janeiro, living with Grimm and another painter from Bavaria, although he frequently travelled to São Paulo to perform his duties for the Institut. While there, he also solicited work as a painter, architect and decorator.

In 1882, he had his first exhibition at the "Imperial Liceu de Artes e Ofícios" in Rio de Janeiro and had great success with some canvases he had painted while still living in Germany. This resulted in a commission to decorate the Hall of Fame at the Academy of Portuguese Literature, which he did together with Grimm. The following year, he created stained glass windows for the church of Saint Francis of Paola. In 1884, he entered the "Exposição Geral de Belas Artes" held by the Academia Imperial de Belas Artes and won a Gold Medal.

Apparition of the Virgin Mary (1909)

That same year, he joined Grimm and a group of his students, including Antônio Parreiras, Giovanni Battista Castagneto, Domingo García y Vásquez and Hipólito Boaventura Caron, who left the Academy and formed what became known as the "Grupo Grimm" in Niterói. He remained there as Grimm's assistant until 1886. Two years later, he became a naturalized citizen of Brazil.

Among the many commissions he executed over the following decade may be mentioned the theater curtains at the Teatro Santa Teresa (now the Teatro João Caetano), the altar at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Botafogo and restorative work at the Church of Saint Francis the Penitent.

After the turn of the century, he devoted himself almost entirely to architectural projects, including public works, such as the ferry terminals at Guanabara Bay, and private works for Custódio José de Melo and Giuseppe Martinelli.

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http://enciclopedia.itaucultural.org.br/pessoa24272/thomas-driendl
http://brasilartesenciclopedias.com.br/tablet/nacional/driendl_thomas.php
http://www.artedata.com/crml/crml3001.asp?ArtID=17
https://d-nb.info/gnd/1078278946
https://www.getty.edu/vow/ULANFullDisplay?find=&role=&nation=&subjectid=500371909
https://viaf.org/viaf/143144782948699836907
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/143144782948699836907
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