Albrecht Adam (16 April 1786 – 28 August 1862) was a
German painter of battles and horses.
Born in Nördlingen, he began an apprenticeship as a confectioner and went in
1803 to Nuremberg to begin his training. However, influenced by the director of the
Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremberg and later by Johann Rugendas, he turned towards
painting – mainly battlefields and horses.
After participating in the Austrian campaign of 1809, he stayed for a time in
Vienna, where he drew the attention of Napoleon's stepson Eugène de Beauharnais and
was appointed his court painter.
Most of Adam's subsequent works deal with Napoleon's Russian campaign, during
which he was attached to the Bavarian contingent as a war artist. In addition to
his title as court painter, he was given an officer's rank. Among other works, he
painted a diary of the campaign in 83 scenes.
In 1815, Adam moved to Munich, where he was occupied by the emperors and kings
of Austria and Bavaria. His studio in Munich was frequently visited by Theodor
Horschelt, who later became well known for his paintings of the Russian Caucasian
He worked until a great age, recording battles and portraying horses, even
though in his late works he was supported by the help of his sons, Benno, Eugen and
It is traced, that he lived at Sing Straße 13 in Munich around 1850. Adam died
in Munich in 1862.