Rau, Emil

Emil Rau belonged to the celebrated school of genre painting in nineteenth century Germany.  This important group of artists wished to preserve the great folk heritage of Bavaria; a culture rich in colorful traditions.  Rau's work includes picturesque figural groups and portraits with Bavarian people in traditional costumes.  Whether playing antique instruments, dancing at festivals, or enjoying a family gathering, these figures were a tribute to old world traditions.

Rau was born in Dresden in 1858 and worked in Munich, Germany.  He studied at the Dresden Academy of Art and with master artist, Alex Wagner.  In 1878, he exhibited in Berlin; and in 1889, he received a Gold Medal in London.

Since 1889, his work has been exhibited and sold all over Europe and the United States, in cities such as London, New York, Vienna, Los Angeles, and Berlin.