Sunday, July 4, 2010

FOUNDER OF THE GERMAN REALISTIC SCHOOL




Andreas Achenbach,1890
Source Die Katholische Welt, Jahresband 1896
Author Leonz Niderberger
From Wikimedia


Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910) was a German landscape painter who was born at Kassel in the year 1915.His completed his art education at the Dusseldorf academy under the guidance of Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow.His brother Oswald Achenbach was also a painter. In his early works he followed the pseudo-idealism of the German romantic school, but later, on shifting to Munich in 1835, the stronger power of L. Gurlitt turned his ability into new channels, and he eventually became the founder of the German realistic school.His works are displayed at most of the important German galleries of modern art.
( Review Painting)


Die alte Akademie in Düsseldorf
Oil painting, 1831
From Wikimedia


He studied at the Düsseldorf academy, but emancipated himself from the contemporary school of landscapists that delighted in the representation of romantic scenery. He was the first artist of the Düsseldorf school to paint nature for its own sake. His pictures of the stormy North Sea, of Dutch canal scenes, and of Rhineland villages contrasted favourably with the sentimental landscapes of his contemporaries.
(Encyclopædia Britannica)


A Fishingboat On The Beach
Oil on canvas
Private collection
From ARC


Landscape with a Stream, 1851
Source album.foto.ru
From Wikimedia


Bringing in the Catch
Oil on canvas, 1852
Private collection
From ARC


On the coast of Capri
Oil on canvas,1855
Source citadel51.ru
From Wikimedia


A Fishing Boat Caught In A Squall Off A Jetty
Oil on canvas, 1865
Private collection
From ARC


The Watermill in the Village
Oil On Canvas, 1867
Private collection
From ARC


Westphalian Mill
Oil on canvas, 1869
Source scan of oil painting
From Wikimedia


Hafeneinfahrt Bei Rauher See
Oil on panel, 1893
Private collection
From ARC


Fishing Along the Shore
Oil on panel, 1900
Private collection
From ARC


Achenbach was among the most famous and influential artists of his day, a distinguished reputation that has dwindled steadily since the later nineteenth century. During his own time, however, Achenbach's dramatic, luminous landscapes captivated audiences through­out Europe and the United States. During an era when many young American art­ists—including Albert Bierstadt and Worthington Whittredge, who are also in the Athenaeum's collection—traveled abroad to complete their training in the academies of Europe, Achenbach's fame drew many aspiring landscapists to Dusseldorf to study with him.
(St. Johnsbury Athenaeum)



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