Monday, March 21, 2016

Friedrich The Great after the Seven years' War

Title: Friedrich der Große nach dem Siebenjährigen Krieg in der Eosander-Kapelle von Schloss Charlottenburg (Frederick The Great after the Seven years' War in the Eosander Chapel of Schloss Charlottenburg)
Artist: Arthur Kampf
Date: 1889

King Friedrich II of Prussia sitting in a chair while listening to the sounds of a choir. Kampf characterize the powerful ruler in a highly expressive and gloom mood. Large Format main work of the artist from his early Berlin period of creativity.

Arthur Kampf studied at the art academy in Düsseldorf under Peter Janssen the Elder.  Afterwards he took a position as an assistant teacher initially and then as a professor at the academy.  In 1898 he moved to Berlin.  Here he became a member and later President of the Royal Academy of Arts.  From 1915 to 1925 he was director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. As a history painter Kampf created numerous monumental commissions and paintings with allegorical and historical or war themes. The majority of Kampf's oeuvre is now lost or was destroyed in the war

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