19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914
19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914

19th Century German Oil Painting The Rhine by Arnold Forstmann 1842-1914

c. 1880 Germany

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A romantic river scene on the Rheine by this famous German artist. This is one of his favourite subjects depicting classical architecture, the river Rhine, castle and figures.
A fine painting, signed lower left A Forstmann, a few professional patch repairs verso, a lovely picture ready to hang. Presented within a most unusual but skillfully made frame which most certainly deserves some research.
Arnold Forstmann (born 16 June 1842 in Dusseldorf; died 1914 or later), German landscape-painter. Besides the typical composed romantic landscapes in the tradition of the Dusseldorf school of painting Forstmann painted vedute of the Rhineriver-Valley and the Alps.

Arnold Forstmann entered the Düsseldorf Academy in the third quarter of 1867. He started his artistic education in a class of landscape-painters directed by Oswald Achenbach (1827–1905) until 1871. In February 1872 he left the art academy, his last teacher was Albert Flamm (1823–1906). In the list of students of the art academy Forstmann was remarked as deaf mute. After his education Arnold Forstmann lived in Dusseldorf as landscape-painter. In the year 1904 he moved from Dusseldorf to Koln. The date of the death of Arnold Forstmann is not known so far. The last record of his life is taken from a genre-portrait "In devotion", dated 1914.

Typically, Arnold Forstmann's paintings are all very detailed. The basic composition (frequently medial section, rarely central view) is supported by the use of strong contrasts and a reduced palette which is mostly tuned on one basic tone. In the late-romantic painting tradition Forstmann frequently uses figures in the typical rear view position.

In the composed landscapes elements like mountains, single houses or huts, rivers or lakes are always present. The surface of the water is animated with small boats loaded with persons, one or more sailing vessel and sometimes a steamer far away.

Even Forstmann's vedutes are no exact copies of the real landscapes. As a rule, Forstmann varies the dimensions of selected elements of landscape in order to intensify the artistic expression. But these variations will never destroy the original impression of the real landscape (compare for example the painting of the Königssee). Apart from landscape-paintings, some single hunting-paintings, still life paintings and one genre-portrait are known.

The signature "A. Forstmann", which never was altered, appeares in two different writing variants. It is very likely that the signature version A is older than the signature version B. This fact can probably be used when the approximate period of the creation of a painting are estimated.

With some exceptions, the paintings of Arnold Forstmann are not dated. Known dated paintins are: Lake in the alps (Alpensee) from 1869, Oberwesel at the Rhine river (Oberwesel am Rhein) from 1883, Summerday in Altenahr (Sommertag in Altenahr) from 1904, Southern Marina (Südländische Marine) from 1905 (Köln), In Devotion (In Andacht) from 1914.
Dimensions
Height 53.00 cm (20.87 inches)
Width 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
Stock Code
P17
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