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engraver (printmaker), reproductive printmaker, draftsman, art dealer (person), court artist, art collector
Wille made from 1754 on almost only reproduction prints, among others after Netscher, Dou, Van Mieris, Ter Borch, Schalcken and Van Ostade; founded the Teutsche Zeichenschule in Paris in 1754. (Wiebel 2009) Wille’s studio became one of the most important printmaking centres in Paris, and a meeting-place for artists, collectors, dealers and, above all, young German engravers who wanted to train in Paris, including Balthazar Anton Dunker and Franz Edmund Weirotter. As a result he had considerable influence on engraving in Germany. (Turner et al. 1996) He was graveur du Roi and Court engraver of the King of Denmark. Napoleon Bonaparte named him knight of the Legion of Honor and the Institut de France. (Wikipedia)
Nationality/school
German, French
Wille obtained French citizenship (Turner et al. 1996)
Born
Königsberg in Preußen 1715-11-05
Deceased
Paris 1808-04-05
Family relationschips
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father of Pierre-Alexandre Wille
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Education
Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture (Parijs)
After obtaining French citizenship he was approved (agréé) by the Académie Royale in 1755 (Turner et al. 1996)
Active in
  • Gladenbach
    Thieme/Becker 1907-1950
  • Giessen
    Thieme/Becker 1907-1950
  • Usingen
    Thieme/Becker 1907-1950
  • Frankfurt am Main 1736
    in 1736 via Frankfurt to Paris ((Thieme/Becker 1907-1950)
  • Darmstadt 1736
    in 1736 via Darmstadt to Paris (Thieme/Becker 1907-1950)
  • Straatsburg 1736
    Wille visited the copper engraver Georg Friedrich Schmidt in Strasbourg and went with him to Paris in 1736. (Wikipedia)
  • Parijs 1736 - 1808
    Wille moved to Paris in 1736 (Gerson 1942/1983, p. 98) In Paris he lived for a while in the rue de l'Observance where Denis Diderot was his neighbor (Wikipedia)
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genre, landscape (as genre), portrait
Entered on: 1992-02-01; Modification on: 2018-10-17

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