George Marées or Des Marées, Desmarées (29. 10. 1697 in Sweden, Stockholm or Österby - 3. 10. 1776 in Munich, Germany) Painter
Family de Marées comes from France, in the 15th and 16th centuries, he moved to Holland and Germany. Already his grandfather was an artist who worked in Bremen, Germany. The father was the manager of an ironworks in Gimo u. Osterby in Sweden. The mother, who was born Meytens van belonged to the famous Dutch umělcké family Meytens. After the death of his parents Marées came in 1700 in Stockholm, where the painting school of Martin van Meytens, a relative of his mother. In 1720 he became a self portrait painter.
In the following years, he portrayed the Swedish aristocracy, in a conventional style, but elegant light painting technique with a fresh color palette, which exceeded the local Swedish painter. For example, Portrait of Admiral Appelboma or Chancellor Arvid Horn. In 1724 he left Sweden, first traveled to Amsterdam, where he exhibited his portraits and raise money for their next trip. Later he traveled to Nuremberg, where he lived with his brother Abraham. There he attended a drawing academy, which was led by Joh. Daniel Preissler. In 1725 he went to Venice, where he studied further at art school Piazzetta. After a short stay in Rome, he returned back to Venice. In 1728 he was back in Nuremberg, soon we find it also in Augsburg. In 1730 he was appointed to Munich, where he painted some portraits of the Elector Charles Albert. He became court painter to the Elector, also worked for the Bavarian aristocracy. Later, after the death of his wife worked for the Bishop Clemens August of Cologne in Bonn in the years 1745 - 1749 and 1752 - 1754. During this period his style changed under the influence of French Rococo air. His colors became brighter. He worked at the castle in Brühl. In 1752, at dvořehraběte Wilhelm von Hessen - Cassel. After his return to Munich in 1754, he also served in 1763 by the Bishop of Wurzburg and Bamberg. Then in 1767 he called the elector to Mainz. In Munich he worked and worked for the Elector Max III. Joseph. At this time changed their style of French Rococo style, his chiaroscuro is lighter and its color palette uses bright, rainbow colors. In Munich, he painted pictures for Elector Max III. Joseph - mostly composed schematically workshop pictures, but some, such as portrait elector at breakfast, with an intimate atmosphere characterizes the rococo style. Besides portraits created some altarpieces for churches and monasteries in Munich and its surroundings.
It represented their works in Sweden, the National Gallery and the castles of Gripsholm, Boo, Claestrop, Främmestad, Skokkloster, Vibyholm. In Germany, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, in the Castle Schleissheim in Berchtensgadenu in Rieden in Talhausenu and Brühl. Also in the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Augsburg, Dresden and Ansbach. Also in private collections worldwide.