Moritz Retzsch
1779 – Dresden – 1857

German painter, draughtsman and etcher

Retzsch worked in Dresden mainly as a draughtsman and etcher, but also as a history and portrait painter. From 1806 the poems of S. Gessner (1730-1788) and F. de la Motte Fouqués (1777-1831) led him change his style from a classical to the romantic one. Retzsch became famous for illustrating works of world literature written by Schiller, Shakespeare, Bürger, and especially by Goethe.