Wilhelm Busch

1832-1908

The painter, draughtsman and poet Wilhelm Busch became the best-known German artist of his time with humorous picture stories. He is considered the founder of modern caricature. His rhymes and drawings form a central piece of German cultural heritage today.

Wilhelm Busch studied in Antwerp, Munich and Düsseldorf. In his own words, the artist spent the best time of his life in 1841-46 as a pupil in Ebergötzen, where he cooked up many pranks with the miller's son Erich Bachmann. This friendship and shared childhood memories gave rise to his famous story: "Max and Moritz: A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks", probably the most translated and read children's book in the world...