Georg Emanuel Opiz
1775 Prague – Leipzig 1841

German draughtsman and engraver

First he studied law for a short time and 1796 he changed to the academy of arts in Dresden, where he studied under G.B. Casanova (1730-1795). 1802/03 he stayed in Vienna. There he created a series of drawings with popular scenes from the 'French' Vienna, which made him quite popular as a genre painter. His master drawings had been etched by artists as B. Piringer, K. Ponheimer and others.

During a study trip to Paris he made his 'Gemälde von Paris' (Paintings of Paris), a series which had been published as etchings by F.A. Brockhaus in Leipzig 1814. After stays in Heidelberg and Altenburg he settled in Leipzig 1820. There he became professor at the academy of arts and worked for the Urania magazine published by F.A. Brockhaus.

In Leipzig he created several series about the urban life of the 'Mother of all Trade Fairs' ('Meßszenen' 1825, 'Leipziger Straßenrevolte' 1830) and about many other subjects (e.g. 'Bilder der sächsischen Armee', 'Nationaltrachten der Deutschen'). So he became an important chronicler of the Biedermeier period.