Arnim Palace, the Prussian Academy of Arts building, where Steffeck sat in on classes
Steffeck began his artistic training, while he was still in the Gymnasium. During that time he sat in on classes at the Prussian Academy of Arts. In 1837, he entered the master class of horse painter Franz Krüger and later continued his education, working in the studios of Carl Joseph Begas. He also studied art with Paul Delaroche and Horace Vernet in Paris, and later - in Italy.
At the beginning of his artistic career, Carl Steffeck chose hunters and animals as the main characters of his works. But later he shifted primarily to horses, sports and rest. Still he kept painting portraits, historical paintings, lithographs and etchings. He even executed several animal sculptures in bronze. In 1848 he finished his "Albrecht Achilles im Kampf mit den Nürnbergern um eine Standarte" that was acquired by the Nationalgalerie in 1864. His history painting "Der Sieger von Königgrätz" was completed in 1869 and bought by emperor Wilhelm I.
Steffeck began his academic career in the early 1850s. In 1859 he was appointed a professor at the Prussian Academy, shifting to the Kunstakademie Königsberg in 1880 as the establishment’s Director.
Among his students, one of the most prominent was Max Liebermann.
Italian shepherd family1841
A Good Friend
Riding Gypsy Boys
Portrait of the lawyer Ernst Lau
Ride of the Artist1857
Entering of the Knights in the Marienburg1884
Friedrich Wilhelm III in Conversation with Stone and York1888
Queen Luise with Her Sons in the Park1886
Portrait of the physicist Franz Neumann1886
Portrait of the Painter Baron Jessenack von Bela
Monk in the Campagna
Portrait of a Horse
Three Riders in the Field
Pug Lady with Puppies
The Ride of Princess Karl von Preussen and Her Husband in the Park of Glienicke
The Naughty Dog
A Papillon and a Pug