Daniel Niklaus Chodowiecki

German , 1726 - 1801

Born in Danzig, Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki went to Berlin at age 17 to work as a shop assistant. Quickly turning to painting he became known for his miniatures. Turning to engraving and oils in 1757, his series of 12 illustrations of Lessing's 'Minna con Barnhelm' produced the following year were to mark a turning point in his career. In these Chodowiecki lent a new realism to the Rococo style. Producing work similar to Chardin (1699- 1779) Chodowiecki spent the remainder of his career producing sensitive indoor scenes for a Berlin audience.
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