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Heinrich Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. His political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities. Heine spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris.

Ernst Benedikt Kietz was a German painter and lithographer, best known for his pastel portraits. Born in Leipzig in 1815, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden under Johann Friedrich Matthai , Johann Carl Rößler and Ernst Rietschel. In 1838, he moved to Paris in order to study with Paul Delaroche and remained until 1857. While living there, he befriended Richard Wagner, who dedicated a piano piece in E major (WWV 64, so-called Albumblatt for Ernst Benedikt Kietz, "Lied ohne Worte" [Song Without Words]) to him. Kietz left Paris to travel Europe, returning to Germany in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War and taught the daughters of Frederick VIII of Schleswig-Holstein as well as Empress Auguste Viktoria at Primkenau palace (Poland). He settled in Dresden, where he died in 1892.

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Kietz, Ernst Benedikt, 1815-1892: Portrait of Heinrich Heine, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 2001.71.

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