Andreas Achenbach

Revolutionary and Princely Painter

Museum Kunstpalast in cooperation with the Museum LA8 Baden-Baden

7.7. - 1.10.2017

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The Museum Kunstpalast dedicates an unusual exhibition of mostly unpublished works and biographical documents to Andreas Achenbach (1815-1910), one of the most important exponents of the Düsseldorf School of Painting.

The presented paintings, drawings, prints, sketch books, letters and documents stem from a private collection compiled by a proven Achenbarch expert over a number of years.

The exhibition inspires to revalue this remarkable, ingenious painter as an artistic personality between the contradicting pole revolutionary and princely painter. It spans from the artist's Romantic-inspired early work to his sober late work in the early industrial age, ranging from meditative, atmospheric landscapes through to dramatic storms at sea. After his talent was discovered early on, he was accepted into the Düsseldorf Academy of Art at the age of twelve and rose inexorably to the very elite of European landscape painters. Despite his name, he preserved his libertarian attitude. In scathing caricatures, he took a critical stance towards the Prussian authoritarian state during the 1848 revolution. The exhibition allows us to rediscover Achenbach as a German Daumier among the caricaturists of his time.

Andreas Achenbach | Die Bucht von Neapel mit rauchendem Vesuv, 1845, Öl auf Leinwand, Privatsammlung © Museum LA8 Baden-Baden