Although born in 1860 at Konigsberg on the German-Polish border, Richard Fehdmer is now regarded as Belgian and is listed as such in the various reference books. As a young man he enrolled at the Düsseldorf Academy to study oil painting where he remained for three years before moving to Antwerp in Belgium. Here he first continued his studies at the Academy of Antwerp before joining the atelier of the great landscapist, Joseph van Luppen. Luppen’s influence was to be profound as Fehdmer subsequently employed his teacher’s techniques and choice of subjects. By 1885 Fehdmer had established his own studio and was actively exhibiting his work. Initially these exhibitions mostly took place in Germany and Austria including shows in Vienna in 1888, Berlin in 1893 and Munich in 1900 but by the early years of the twentieth century he was exhibiting mostly in Belgium. Examples of Fehdmer’s work can be seen in the museums of Aarau, Bautzen and Krefeld in Germany.