Johann was a pupil of Dusseldorf Academy under Karl Ferdinand Sohn and Friedrich Wilheim Schadow. He started painting biblical subjects, then traveled in the Hessian, Bavarian, and Swiss mountain districts, studying the people for his genre scenes, which have since become widely known.
He repeatedly visited Belgium, and in 1852 moved to Berlin where he became a professor in 1863.
He was a member of the Amsterdam Academy and the Order of Leopold. He received the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition Medal in 1876.
His magnificent works can be seen at the National Gallery, Berlin; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; and the Cincinnati Museum, Ohio.
I love this artist's work. His ability to capture the essence of his subject with such clarity and perfect harmony in his use of colors and values is remarkable. His style is Romanticism, and there is no question that he was a gifted artist and able to evoke emotion and feelings for anyone in the presence of his paintings. I feel almost as if the people within his paintings are going to walk off the canvas. Magnificent artist. Do you think so too?