1813 - 1865
After receiving early instruction in his hometown of Basel from his father, painter and lithographer Samuel Frey, Johann Jakob Frey studied in Paris, where he was enamored of 17th-century Dutch art. He then moved to Munich before settling permanently in Rome in the late 1830s, and specializing in landscape painting. He established a studio that became a center for German artists gathered in Rome. Frey’s studio also attracted famous collectors, such as the kings of Prussia and Bavaria, as well as the English aristocracy.
Place of Birth: Basel
Place of Death: Frascati, Rome
Text written and researched by Michelle Bird National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
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