Otto Scholderer's portraits are somehow calming. Although he painted landscapes & still lifes of flowers, these are a few of his portraits of women. These are women simply doing what they have to do with no melodrama, but they are thinking about it.
Otto Franz Scholderer (1834-1902) was born in Frankfurt am Main. He was the son of Johann Christoph Scholderer and Emilie Kiefhaber. He studied at the Städel academy of arts 1849-51. Among his teachers was painter Jakob Becker. Scholderer established himself in Städel as a freelance painter. During this period, his friendship with Victor Müller began. Scholderer became his brother-in-law in 1868.
Müller acquainted Scholderer with the works of Gustave Courbet. Scholderer made several short study trips to Paris between 1857-58, where he became friends with Henri Fantin-Latour & Édouard Manet, who influenced work. Fantin-Latour depicted Scholderer in his picture Studio aux Batignolles.
Beginning in 1858, the 24-year-old Scholderer worked & lived predominantly in Kronberg, where his colleagues included Anton Burger, Peter Burnitz & Louis Eysen.
In 1866, Scholderer established himself in Düsseldorf & made friends with Hans Thoma. With Thoma, Scholderer went in 1868 to Paris & returned to Germany only shortly before the outbreak of the French-German War.
Once back in Germany, Scholderer established himself in Munich, renewing his friendship with Wilhelm Leibl & becoming one of the artists of the Leibl-Kreis (Leibl circle).
At the beginning of 1871 he went to London. Otto Franz Scholderer married, at age 38, Luise Philippine Conradine Steuerwaldt, age 34, in 1872 at Roehampton, Wandsworth District, County of Surrey, England. Two years later, they had a son Victor. The artist worked there till the autumn of 1899, when Scholderer returned to his hometown of Frankfurt, where he died at the age of 68 early in 1902.