|Biedermeier Painting in Hamburg
25. October to 29. December 1996
period of time between Napoleon's defeat and the 1848 revolution is
known as the Biedermeier era. It was a period when the bourgeoisie in
Germany gained more economical and cultural freedom and finally aspired
to have their say in political matters. The beautiful, simple furniture
of the Biedermeier aera is well-known, less so the painting of the period.
At that time painting was indeed flourishing in many places, among them Munich, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg. The Hamburg Kunsthalle owns the best and most important paintings created by Hamburg artists of the time, most of which were acquired by the first Director of the Kunsthalle, Alfred Lichtwark, around 1900. These works will now be on show again in this exhibition.
Portraits of famous men and unknown women will be shown alognside
depictions of family life. Erwin Speckter, Julius Oldach, Victor Emil
Janssen and many other painters were friends and liked to portrait
each other. These friendship paintings show a new self-assurance on
the part of the artists, even if they remain true to their bourgeois
origins and aim to appeal to bourgeois tastes.
Hamburger Kunsthalle Glockengießerwall 20095 Hamburg
Telephone 040 - 428 131 200 Facsimile 040 - 428 54 34 09