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Karl Ernest Papf (Dresden, Germany, 1833 --- São Paulo, 1910) was a German painter, and draftsman that moved to Brazil in 1867.



He studied in the Academy of Fine Arts of Dresden and in 1867, was hired for the profession of photographer by the firm of his compatriot Albert Henschel. He initially worked in Recife until 1872, then in Salvador until 1877 - always in service of the atelier Albert Henschel & Cia., as written in Almanaque Laemmert. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in surch for a better environment for the development of his work.

In Rio de Janeiro

Papf arrived in the capital of the Brazilian Empire in 1877. In that same year he became painter of the Imperial Family, portraiting, among other people, Princess Isabel, Conde D'Eu, and the Prince of Grão Pará.

In the following year, Papf made one of his best landscapes, the Praia do Cavalão (Cavalão Beach), curiously depicting the same theme, but in a different angle, painted by another German painter Georg Grimm.

In Petropolis

He appreciated the Brazilian orchids that he cultivated in Petropolis, where he determined his residence. More than once the beautiful and exotic flowers were the subject of his privileged brush.


  • PEIXOTO, Maria Elizabete Santos (1989). German painters in Brazil during the XIX century. Rio de Janeiro: Pinakotheke.
  • LEVY, Carlos Roberto Maciel (1980). Karl Ernst Papf 1833-1910. Rio de Janeiro: Pinakotheke. In Portugiese.


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