Goldschmidt, Hermann Mayer Salomon (1802-1866)

Goldschmidt, Hermann Mayer Salomon (1802-1866)

Hermann Mayer Salomon Goldschmidt led a fascinating life and aside from his ability as a painter he was also a highly regarded astronomer.

His interest in art began following a trip to the Netherlands where he visited several Dutch picture galleries. This ultimately led to him pursuing a career as a painter and studying in Munich under Peter von Cornelius and Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. He’s then known to have completed his studies in Paris where he settled and became an honorary Frenchman.

He painted throughout his life but his works are quite hard to track down. His landscapes are rooted in romanticism and observe the infinite power of nature over man. While his portraits skilfully capture the character of a sitter. One such portrait from 1851 reached over £6,000 at auction, which is recognition of his abilities.

But if you look back through the history books, the name Hermann Goldschmidt is mostly associated with astronomy. His achievements were considerable and include the discovery of 14 asteroids, which is some achievement given the technology of the time.

Goldschmidt spent the last few years of his life in the region of Fontainebleau, Paris, where he died in 1866.

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