This magnificent book traces the development of nineteenth-century German paintings through the story of a remarkable institution--the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, one of Germany's most important collections. In their substantial general essays, Fran oise Forster-Hahn surveys the social and political background to art and culture in Berlin in the nineteenth century; Claude Keisch and Angelika Wesenberg discuss the reception of German painting in Germany itself; and Peter-Klaus Schuster provides a historical overview of the Nationalgalerie.
The authors focus on some seventy paintings, from the sublime canvases of Caspar David Friedrich and other Romantic painters early in the nineteenth century to scenes of industrial Berlin and the brilliantly observed works of the naturalists of the 1840s and 1850s, ending with the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist innovations of French and German artists that so startled Berlin around 1900, when the Nationalgalerie acquired them against the wishes of the highly conservative and anti-French Kaiser. Richly detailed cityscapes by Eduard Gaertner and Johann Erdmann Hummel provide wonderful views of mid-century Berlin, and powerful works by Max Beckmann and Lovis Corinth announce the Expressionism of later decades of the twentieth century.
Claude Keisch is Senior Curator at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Peter-Klaus Schuster is Director General at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fran oise Forster-Hahn is professor of the history of art, University of California. Angelika Wesenberg is Curator at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
Published by National Gallery Company
Distributed by Yale University Press
This book is published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery in London and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.