Herman Heinrich Albert von Michalowski (1860 - 1903)

Birth date: 1/1/1860 Death date: 9/28/1903  
Birth location: Berlin, Germany Death location: Chicago, Illinois  
Media: Mural , Painting , Sculpture Web site:
Comprehensive (file rating) - Major Wisconsin artist file that includes comprehensive documentation on artist's life that can be researched on site at MWA.

Biographical Brief

The oldest of eight children of a Berlin mechanic Albert Michalowski and Mina Schmuck Michalowski
Married Marie Theresa rombach, Munich, Kattbach, Prussia
Panoramist, portrait/figure artist and muralist
1896, 10/20, Chicago, Il, naturalized American Citizen (witnessed by WI lithographer Louis Otto Kurz, Jr.)
1903, 9/28, cremated, Graceland Cemetary and Crematorium, Chicago, IL
Work Experience:
American Panorama Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Panorama Painter:
1885, 1886, Storming of Missionary Ridge-Battle of Chattanooga (two versions)
1886, 1887, Battle of Atlanta (two versions)
1887, 1888, Jerusalem on the Day of the Crucifixion (two versions)
Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (one version)
Mural, Emil Schandein residence Milw.aukee,  WI.
1894, Two altar paintings, St. Bernard's Church, Watertown, Wisconsin
Jesse Stone (1836-1902), Portrait of Lieutenant Governor of WI, 1899-1902.
Mrs. Ida Kranz Notz, portrait Chicago
Mrs, Guentecer, portrait Chicago


Herman Heinrich Albert von Michalowski
Born 1860 in Berlin, Germany
Died 1903 in Chicago, Illinois

The oldest of eight children, Herman Michalowski trained at the Munich Academy in 1883 before immigrating to Milwaukee in May of 1885. He was commissioned by August Lohr,  to work for William Wehner at the American Panorama Co. and  other German immigrant artists including Frederick Wilhelm Heine on at least seven panoramas in Milwaukee: two versions each of Storming of Missionary Ridge / Battle of Chattanooga,  Battle of  Atlanta, and Jerusalem on the Day of the  Crucifixion and one version of Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.  He specialized in figure painting and quickly became a much sought-after portrait artist.  

During 1889-1990 he maintained a Milwaukee studio in the Iron Block Building and 1891- circa 1893 his studio was located in the Birchard Block at 105 Grand Avenue (now Wisconsin Avenue) and neighbored the studios of artists George Peter, , Robert Schade and John Fery.

Portraiture led Michalowski to provide mural decorations for numerous Milwaukee buildings, including the private residence of brewer Emil Schandein.    Additionally, in 1894 he completed two altar paintings which can still be seen in St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church in Watertown, Wisconsin.  In 1895 Michalowski relocated to Chicago, Illinois where he died of pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of forty-three.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1969 Milwaukee County Historical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1990 Wisconsin Artists from the late 19th century into the 20th, from the Collections of Robert Brue, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Wisconsin Affiliations

Wisconsin Art Organizations

No art organizations were found.

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