Bokelmann, Christian Ludwig (German, 1844-1894)

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Christian Ludwig Bokelmann (1844-1894) was a German genre painter, known for his realistic, high quality paintings on large canvases that often depict tragic personal and public events.

Bokelmann, at the request of his parents initially studied business with the aim of becoming a merchant. After his father’s death in 1868, Bokelmann finally followed his own wishes, and enrolled in the Dusseldorf Academy of Art. In 1873, the painter had his first major showing in Vienna, after which he began to exhibit his works regualry at the Prussian Academy of Arts. Bokelmann became professor of genre painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe in 1892, after which he transferred to a position at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Today Bokelmann’s paintings can be found in important collections and institutions around the world, including 'The Gambler, 1873' in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in Manchester, and 'The People’s Bank Shortly Before the Crash, 1877' in the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin.