Storm at Sea off the Norwegian Coast, Andreas Achenbach
Andreas Achenbach
Storm at Sea off the Norwegian Coast
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Andreas Achenbach

Storm at Sea off the Norwegian Coast, 1837


Dimensions
179.0 x 272.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
875
Acquisition
Acquired in 1837
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 5

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About the Work

The young painter Andreas Achenbach (1815–1910) completed this painting in a studio at the Städelschule and it was purchased immediately by the Städel. With precise strokes, it shows a ship struggling against the raging sea to avoid being smashed against the rough cliffs. The deliberate lighting emphasises the surge and the mighty rocks, thus, heightening the feeling of agitation while witnessing these events. The large format further intensifies this impression of the depicted force of nature. Achenbach repeatedly painted detailed seascapes of this kind. They are skilfully staged: it was not until two years after the painting’s creation that Achenbach actually travelled to Norway.

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Basic Information

Title
Storm at Sea off the Norwegian Coast
Painter
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Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: A. Achenbach. 1837. München.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1837

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Secondary
  • 25H131 rocky coast
  • 26A4 low clouds and those originating from rising air currents
  • 46C241 sailing-ship's rigging

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01.02.2023