Graphic Art

“Heidelberg am Neuenheimer Ufer”by Friedrich Rottmann

Friedrich Rottmann(1768-1816), born and died in Heidelberg, was a drawing master at the Heidelberg University. Among other things he worked with the technique of etching and copper engraving. He is said to have had a talent for landscape art.

The magnificent painting of Heidelberg provides the proof for his artistic genius. Like the name of the painting it already tells here is portrayed the Neuenheim bank of Heidelberg. The applied technique is the contour etching which is followed by coloring with watercolors and coating paint. This landscape painting of Heidelberg is dated around 1800.

“Heidelberg – Blick auf das Schloss von Osten” by Christian Phillip Koester

The painting „Heidelberg – Blick auf das Schloss von Osten“ originates with the Heidelberg’s painter and restorer Christian Phillip Koester. The original paining is dated between the 18th and 19th centuries.

The love to his hometown Koester illustrates in his paintings.

In the Koester’s work below we can see a little group of women who sit on a slope and enjoy the beautiful view of Heidelberg. Isn’t that a fantastic outlook?

Over the years the Heidelberg Castle did not lose its prettiness! Even today it looks like it is painted.

The replication of this painting can nowadays be obtained in various forms and sizes. In this manner everyone is able to have a Heidelberg of the 18th/19th century at home.

“Schloß und Stadt von Osten” by Carl Philipp Fohr

Heidelberg enchants and has enchanted many people as is well known, among those people were many artists, too. The painting of Carl Phillip Fohr provides us anew a good proof for that. This painter, born in 1795 in Heidelberg, was in the period of Romantic a renowned landscape painter. So, he did not miss to capture his beloved hometown in his artworks.

His painting “Schloß und Stadt von Osten” (= Castle and City from East) shows the observer Heidelberg city around 1815. Here in the foreground you can see a lot of landscape, in the distance you can see the soaring towers of the Heidelberg Castle, above him a grey sky. This is romanticism to the core. Isn’t it a dreamlike view?

“Heidelberg” by Joseph Mallors William Turner

Joseph Mallors William Turner was an English artist during the period of romantic. Today he is seen as the pioneer of the impressionism because his works have served as an inspiration for many artists of this style. The artist created his works very fast. This way it was possible for him to bequeath over 20 000 works to the British state after his death.

Next to his passion for water and ships he captured in his works also the beauty of the town Heidelberg. In the painting below in the left corner of the picture you can see the reigning couple Friedrich V. and his wife Elizabeth Stuart, the oldest daughter of the English King James I.. This couple reigned in the beginning of the 17th century but lost their power in 1620. Behind the royal couple you can see the Heidelberg Castle on the hilly landscape. In the foreground of the painting we see a crowd which symbolizes the affection for entertaining events of the royal couple.  In the background you can again detect the magnificent, hilly landscape of Heidelberg. The glaring sun is probably the symbol for the warm weather of Heidelberg.

“Der gesprengte Turm des Heidelberger Schlosses” by Carl Blechen

The painting „Das gesprengte Turm des Heidelberger Schlosses” came into existence around 1830, at the time of the period of romanticism.  The picture represents the blown up tower of the Heidelberg Castle.

The tower was built in 1490, but it was busted in 1693 while the War of the Palatinate Succession. The painting had been done by Carl Eduard Ferdinand Blechen, the landscape artist and professor of landscape painting at the Academy of Arts of Berlin. It had probably come into being during or after his frequent travels which he did in search of inspiration and painting objects.

Today the blown up tower of the Heidelberg Castle, captured on canvas by oil colors, can be seen in art gallery of Bremen.

“Ausblick vom Stueckgarten des Heidelberger Schlosses”by Christian Phillip Koester

The German painter and restorer Christian Phillip Koester, born 1784 in Friedelsheim and died in 1851 in Heidelberg, had initially enrolled in the Heidelberg University for economics after his attending at the grammar school.  But at some point his love for art had gained the upper hand. So, Koester learned the landscape art from Johann Jakob Strüdt in the Heidelberg atelier. Koester had well and often practiced the landscape art as you can see it in his works. You will find many paintings of Heidelberg which have been caused by him.

Among those also the painting “Ausblick vom Stueckgarten des Heidelberger Schlosses”. The picture shows the ruin of the thick tower of the Heidelberg Castle and a man seen from the back, which is typical for romantic, who is leaning against a tree and sitting with an elegant Dalmatian next to him.

“Heidelberg” by James Webb

One does not know much about the artist James Webb (1825 – 1895). But one knows that he was a British artist, specializing in landscape paintings and seascape paintings. Both his father Archibald Webb and his brother Byron Webb were artists, too. His entire life Webb had spent in London where he exhibited his works between 1850 and 1888. Some of his works, by the way, hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the Tate Gallery today.

This painting of Heidelberg is probably done in the year 1877. The castle and the bridge look at the picture older than they had been during the time they were painted and even older than they are today. This is probably because of the Victorian – nostalgic style of the artist.

“Blick auf Heidelberg” by Bernhard Fries

The German landscape artist Bernhard Fries was born in 1820 in Heidelberg and died in 1879 in Munich. Frees began his artistic education at the artist Karl Coopmann and continued it in Italy, Munich and Düsseldorf. After his stay in Rome he came back home. His most important works are paintings of Italy and its landscapes. Fries managed it to capture his home town Heidelberg as well.

The painting Blick auf Heidelberg“ is one of those works. Fries chose an rather unusual perspective for his painting of Heidelberg. In the picture you can see one part of the city and the Old Bridge from far away fogged in the left edge of the painting.  The very interesting part seems to be the presentation of the clouds. It seems as though they are moving. In this way it feels like you are right inside the picture, in Heidelberg nearby the water.

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