Carl Offterdinger (1829-1889)

German figure and genre painter and illustrator

Carl Offterdinger was a student of Heinrich von Rustige. In the second half of the 19th century, he illustrated numerous children’s books, fairy tales, adventure stories and broadsheets. Offterdinger is particularly known for his paintings with scenes from fairy tales and illustrations of literary works such as The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Robinson Crusoe, fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, the Leatherstocking Tales, and Gulliver’s Travels. In 1874, he illustrated the first edition of Theodor Storm’s novella Pole Poppenspäler. With Heinrich Leutemann, Offterdinger illustrated a German fairytale collection, Mein erstes Märchenbuch (My First Fairytale Book), at the end of the 19th century.