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German
Born
Münster (Germany) 1864-06-19
Deceased
Münster (Germany) 1947-07-28
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son of Albert Grotemeyer (master baker) and Bertha Westhoff; the family has a long line of succesful middle-class entrepreneurs and dates back till the 15th century. The couple had 9 children, of which Fritz was the youngest (Kempmann 2008, p. 1-3). He married Elisdabeth Litsche (1873-1963), with whom he had two daughters: Liselotte (1895-1923) and Elfriede (1896-15.4.1944, wife of the sculptor Felix Weber) cf. Kempmann 2008
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  • Münster (Duitsland) 1886 - 1947-07-28
    started his career first as apprentice in the local department store, till he decided in 1886 to become a painter, making his hobby into his profession (Kempmann 2008, p. 14)
  • Berlijn 1887-10-08 - 1846
    1887 pupil at the 'Königliche Akademische Hochschule ' (Kempmann 2008, p. 15)
  • Italië 1893
  • Europa 1905 - 1908
    Grotemeyer made many travels through Europe in these years (Belgium, Holland, France, Ostpreussen etc.)
  • België 1914
    Grotemeyer was an official war artist, who travelled to the front many times (Kempmann 2008, p. 47-48
  • Turkije 1916
    Grotemeyer travelled as war artist on the invitation of the Turkish government (official ally of Germany) through the middle east (Damascus, Palestina, Sinai, Egypt) (Kempmann 2008, p. 38-56)
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
portrait, landscape (as genre), military genre, history (as a genre), genre
His career got a big boost after the sucess of his painting in the Münster Town Hall (art work 272254) and his portraits for the Bismarck family. His career as a history painter was over however by November 1918, as the genre died out after the Great War.As he missed out on getting a professorship at his own academy, he made his living through painting portraits till his death. Although he was no nazi, he made a great sum of money with his portrait of Hitler and endless copies of this for public venues like the Reichs Kanzlei in Berlin, numerous ambassies and city halls all over Germany (Kempmann 2008, p. 58-60)
Creation date: 1993-06-23; Last modified date: 2018-02-20

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