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Carl Blechen

1798 Cottbus – 1840 Berlin

After training at the Berlin Academy in the years 1822–24 and a stay in Dresden in the summer of 1823, where the young artist met Johan Christian Clausen Dahl and probably Caspar David Friedrich as well, Carl Blechen was appointed – on the recommendation of Karl Friedrich Schinkel – as stage-designer at the Königstädtisches Theater in Berlin in 1824. He was to design sets and scenery for this theatre up until 1827, when Blechen embarked on a career as a freelance painter. From 1828–29 he travelled to Rome and southern Italy and also visited the ancient city of Pompeii.