Fritz Ebel (1835 Lauterbach - 1895 Düsseldorf)
Romantic Sunset View
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 46 x 68 cm
He was a well known German landscape painter. After an apprenticeship as an apothecary in Osterode am Harz, Fritz Ebel became a private student of August Lucas in 1855. From 1857 to 1861 Ebel was a pupil of Johann Wilhelm Schirmer at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. From 1862 he lived as a freelance painter in Düsseldorf, where he first met the painter colleagues Eugen Bracht, Carl Harveng and August Kessler.
Painter of the German Forest
In the early 1860s, Ebel participated in the Great Art Exhibition in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Germany, where he was a member of the artist club Malkasten Vienna and the artist club Barmen. Fritz Ebel painted mainly woodlands of the German highlands, especially the Vogelsberg, Rhön, Spessart, Eifel and Harz. He is therefore described as the Painter of the German forest. But also landscape motifs from the Alps, from northern Germany and from southern France can be found in his work. His early works are still under the influence of late-romanticism. But soon he broke away and went over to a freer, near-natural landscape, as represented in realism. Toward the end of his work impressionistic influ- ences are also felt. At the London Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1884, Fritz Ebel received a bronze medal.
Works in Museums
Most of his works are privately owned. The Hohhaus-Museum - in his birthplace Lauterbach - owns and displays several works. Other works can be found in the Kunsthalle Bremen, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, the Museum Wiesbaden and the Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal.