Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Menzel, Adolph von

Procession in Hofgastein (Fronleichnamsprozession in Hofgastein)
oil on canvas
51.3 × 70.2 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel, (1815 – 1905) was a German artist. He was an artist who had honor in his own country and abroad during his lifetime.  Along with Caspar David Friedrich, he is considered one of the two most prominent German artists of the 19th century, and was the most successful artist of his era in Germany. The paintings which were available to the public garnered recognition not only within Germany, but from the French avant-garde as well. Edgar Degas admired and copied his work, calling him "the greatest living master".

His popularity in his native country, owing especially to politically propagandistic works, was such that few of his major paintings left Germany, as many were quickly acquired by museums in Berlin.
The painter's brilliant career was crowned with the decoration of Knight of the Black Order and elevation to the German peerage. After his death in 1905 in Berlin, his funeral arrangements were directed by the Kaiser.