Andreas Achenbach, alongside with his younger brother Oswald, is one of the outstanding phenomena in the European landscape painting of the 19th century.
At the age of 12 he became a student at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Only four years later he succeeded with "View of the Old Academy Building" a sensational early work, with which he gained a reputation as a genius. This superb first work is the beginning of a seven-decade-long creative process that began with Norwegian landscapes and continued with famous marine subjects and landscapes of Westphalia.
The technical and compositional perfection of his works called for a comparison with the most famous landscape painters in the history of art: "He is in a way, that hardly any other artist was, not Claude Lorrain neither Ruysdael , ruler over land and sea..." remarked the magazine "Dioscuri" 1861. In the history of art and in the history of his hometown Andreas Achenbach has become a legend at a time when the Düsseldorf Academy has been rich in important artists. Nevertheless, he was considered "Primus inter Pares" (first among equals).
Thus, numerous paintings of the respected artist in the major museums and high-profile private collections that emerged during the boom boom of the German Empire. To date, many of Andreas Achenbach's important works may be in overseas collections.