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.