The Bay of Naples seen from Posillipo with Figures in the Foreground, 1878
Oil on canvas, H. 0.66 m; W. 1.00 m
Signed and dated lower right: Osw. Achenbach 1878.
Provenance: Private collection
Oswald Achenbach and his elder brother Andreas were the leading artists of the Düsseldorf school, and they taught at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. They renewed landscape painting in Germany by drifting away from Romanticism’s meticulous style, while continuing to explore the impressive effects of light and colour. From the 1860s on, Oswald Achenbach’s fame continued to grow, and his success became more and more international.
He was elected member of the Academies of Vienna, Rotterdam and Saint-Petersburg and his paintings were exhibited in Berlin, Vienna, New York, Chicago and Cincinnati. Achenbach was passionate about Italy and travelled there as often as he could; indeed, most of his works depict Italian landscapes. He was particularly fond of the southern Italy, especially the region of Naples.