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Emil Hünten

Emil Johannes Hünten 19 January 1827 – 1 February 1902 was a German military painter His works were often lithographed


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Paintings
  • 3 Further reading
  • 4 External links


Born in Paris on 19 January 1827, the son of the composer, Franz Hünten, he studied art under Hippolyte Flandrin and Horace Vernet at the Ecole des Beaux Arts In 1848, he moved to Antwerp to work in the studios of Gustaf Wappers and Josephus Laurentius Dyckmans, before heading to Düsseldorf in 1851 where his teachers were Julius Lessing and Wilhelm Camphausen

Battle of Mars-La-Tour, 16 August 1870

With such influences, it is not surprising that the artist began to paint historical scenes from the life of Frederick the Great, and gradually turned to military subjects His work appealed to Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia who invited him to accompany the army on the campaign in Schleswig-Holstein in 1864 Two years later, Hünten was attached to the Prussian forces in the Austro-Prussian War, and four year later, he covered the Franco-Prussian War

Among his customers were many famous people Otto von Bismarck ordered a scene from the Battle of Gravelotte He won medals for his works at Berlin 1872 and Vienna 1873, and became a member of the Berlin Academy in 1878 He excelled also as a painter of horses One of his students was the English historical/military artist, Ernest Crofts

Theodor Fontane was inspired by the Work of Emil Hünten for his novel Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg In his novel Effi Briest the protagonists visit Hüntens great panorama Battle of St Privat in Berlin

He died at Düsseldorf on 1 February 1902


Battle of Königgrätz French messenger Marshall Forwards

In Germany works by Emil Hünten are on display at the Palast Kunst Museum Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Kiel owns al least two works, Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hanover and the Bismarck Museum in Friedrichsruh

  • Prussian Cuirassiers dashing over a Bridge 1852–53
  • Skirmish near Hennersdorf 1855
  • Skirmish at Reichenbach 1856
  • Battle of Zorndorf 1858
  • Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick during the Battle of Krefeld, 23 June 1758 1860
  • From the time of Frederick the Great
  • Assault on the Düppel Redoubts 1865
  • Prussia Hussars against Danish Dragoons
  • Patrol of Cuirassiers
  • General von Nostitz at Oeversee
  • Austrian Officer with Flag of Truce
  • Reconnoitring at Sadowa
  • Skirmish of Patrol near Thorstedt
  • Struggle with French Cavalry at Elsasshausen, 6 August 1870 1877
  • Fall Manoeuvres on the Rhine 1879
  • Battle near Loigny, 2 December 1870 1882
  • Two Parforce riders 1883
  • Charge of the Cuirassiers at Worth
  • The 53rd at Colombey
  • Charge of Hussars at Hebecourt
  • Guard-Dragoons at Battle of Mars-la-Tour
  • The 39th Fusilier-regiment at Gravelotte
  • At the Battle of Vionville, 16 August 1870
  • The Hessians at St Privat
  • The search
  • Chasseurs d'Afrique at Sedan
  • The meeting of Bismark and Napoleon after Sedan

Further reading

  • Obituary, The Athenaeum, 1902, page 218
  • Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers London: G Bell and Sons, 1921 Vol III, pp 306–307

External links

  • Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf website, which owns 24 notebooks by Hünten, including more than 1000 sketches

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