Heinrich Vosberg was a member of the late German Romantic School of Painting and a master landscape painter. He studied at the Beaux-Arts Academy at Düsseldorf whose students were schooled in romantic, classical, and Biblical landscape painting and the School of Art in Karlsruhe under the influential artist Johann Wilhelm Schirmer (1807-1867) who initiated a new school of landscape painting that radiated throughout Germany. Vosberg had a successful career and exhibited extensively in Munich, Berlin, and Karlsruhe. His paintings display a conspicuous love of nature and a reverence for its mystery.
Stillness By the Lake is a very fine example of Vosberg’s romantic and quasi-religious attitude to nature. A great oak stands out upon the edge of a lake at dusk. Its mighty branches hang in stillness. Nothing stirs and an immense sense of silence fills the scene as we divine a crescent moon rising in the darkening sky. Stillness by the Lake entices the grandeur and simplicity of its subject. Such finely detailed and romanticized settings are captured in our Stillness by the Lake, 1888 within a palette of relatively subdued and even colors. These paintings have their origins in the German Romantic Movement. Such paintings had a significant influence on America’s Hudson River School. Many such painters as George Caleb Bingham, Worthington Whittredge, Eastman Johnson, and William Morris Hunt studied at the Academy of Düsseldorf.
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