Peter Dreher attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, where he was later a professor of painting. He has painted the same empty glass over 2,500 times at night and more than 2,500 times during the day. Dreher's work is included in the collections of the Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany; and the Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen, Germany. He lives and works in Wittnau, Germany. (

Peter Dreher (b. Aug. 26, 1932); German artist. As professor emeritus of painting, he has influenced a generation of internationally acclaimed artists, including Anselm Kiefer. Dreher has painted series using landscapes and interiors, flower pieces and skulls. His magnum opus is Tag um Tag guter Tag (Day by Day Good Day), a series he started working on in 1974. This work received worldwide recognition and praise. Dreher paints realistic objects with a twist of abstraction. His works of art successfully incorporate deconstructive elements of an object without losing its naturalistic beauty.

Dreher was born in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. When he was 7 years old, he began to draw with determination of becoming an artist. His childhood was deeply affected under the Nazi Regime. When Dreher was 12, his father, a German officer, was killed while fighting in Russia and his house was subsequently destroyed. These traumatic events left Dreher feeling uprooted and painting became a refuge for him, as it allowed him to be disconnected from the outside world. While he was drawing or painting, he was able to be in his own thoughts without interruption.

Dreher felt as if he was living without a home and when he was 29 years old, he decided to build his own house in hope that it would remedy his state of homelessness. Dreher realized that a “home” was not connected to a physical place. Instead, a home is a creation you make through painting, thinking... (
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