Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen was a prolific and popular German genre artist who painted imahes idealizing peasant childhood. Meyer von Bremen was born in Bremen (1813). While he is bst known fir his images of peasant children, especially young girls, he also at differebt stages painted Biblical and family scenes and his latest reincarnation painted genre scenes of young women. At the age of 21 years he went to Düsseldorf to study at the Academy of Art under Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow (1834). He and others became known as the Düsseldorf School. Meyer opened a studio (1841). As he attracted increasing attention, he moved to Berlin (1853). He at first focused on standard Biblical scenes which were popular at the time. His second interation was everyday life, primsrily expressed Hessian peasantry scenes. Works include ‘The Jubilee of a Hessian Pastor’ (1843), ‘Christmas Eve,’ ‘Blindman's Buff,’ ‘The Soldier's Return,’ ‘The Inundation’ (1846), and ‘The Repentant Daughter’ (1852). He eventually began concentrating on young girls. These are the scenes for which he is today best remembered. Among his best known works are 'The Little Flower Girl (1853)', ‘The Fairy Tale,’ ‘Children Playing Blindman's Buff,’ and ‘Grandfather and Grandchild’. Many are execulted with smypathy and humor. He did not focus on poverty, but did address it with 'Begger Children' (1880), near the end of his career. His third interation was poignet images of young women These works include ‘The Tryst’. ‘The Love Letter’, ‘The Letter’ (1873).
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