German artist Hans Thoma, was born on October 2, 1839 in Bernau within the Black Forest region of Germany. In 1859, at the age of 20, having started life as a painter of clock faces; Thoma entered the Karlsruhe Academy, where he studied under Johann Wilhelm Schirmer and Ludwig des Coudres.
- His art work is based on early impressions of the simple idyllic life of his native district, where he displays affinities with the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
- Thoma continued study and work in Düsseldorf, Paris Frankfurt and in many cities in Italy, prior to a successful exhibition of some thirty paintings in Munich.
He died in Karlsruhe on November 7, 1924 at the age of 85.
Ah, the apple trees
Where the hammock swung
On our backs we’d lie
(from When the World Was Young by Bob Dylan)
“Is It Art?”