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Andreas Achenbach

1815 Kassel ‐ 1910 Dusseldorf

Short information about the artist

Andreas Achenbach, alongside with his younger brother Oswald, is one of the outstanding phenomena in the European landscape painting of the 19th century.

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More information about the artist

Andreas Achenbach, alongside with his younger brother Oswald, is one of the outstanding phenomena in the European landscape painting of the 19th century.

Art Academy Düsseldorf

At the age of 12 he became a student at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Only four years later he succeeded in a sensational early work with a “View of the old academy building”. Since then, he has been given the reputation of a genius. Another 70 years of artistic creation should follow. Initially, Achenbach started with Norwegian landscapes and continued his success with the famous marine themes and Westphalian landscapes.

Reception

The technical and compositional perfection of his works called for comparison with the most famous landscape painters in art history: “In a sense that hardly any painter has ever been, neither is Claude Lorrain and Ruysdael, the ruler of land and sea,” she noted Journal “Dioskuren” 1861. In the history of art and in the history of his hometown, Andreas Achenbach became a legend at a time when the Düsseldorf Academy was rich in important artists. Nevertheless, he was considered “Primus inter Pares” (first among equals).

Museums and collections

Numerous paintings by the respected artist found their way into major museums as well as top-class private collections that were created during the Wilhelminian boom in the German Empire. Many important works by Andreas Achenbach are likely to be in overseas collections to this day.