Happy Birthday Phillipp Otto Runge!! Born in Germany in 1777, Runge apprenticed to be a merchant, as his father, but, always being artistic, took drawing lessons at age 20. He began to paint in oils in the Romantic style. He eventually married and with the birth of his children his career also took off. He painted large format pictures such as the one below. Runge died at the early age of 33 of tuberculosis.