Thursday, March 17, 2011

Feuerbach, Anselm Friedrich

Ricordo da Tivoli
Oil on canvas, 194 x 131 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Feuerbach, Anselm Friedrich (1829 - 1880)
He was steeped in classic knowledge, and his figure compositions have the statuesque dignity and simplicity of Greek art. He was the first to realize the danger arising from contempt of technique, that mastery of craftsmanship was needed to express even the loftiest ideas, and that an ill-drawn coloured cartoon can never be the supreme achievement in art.