Oswald Achenbach and his older brother Andreas went down as "brilliant brothers" in art history and were the most internationally renowned artists of the Düsseldorf School of Painting.
The works of both landscape painters were purchased by museums and private collectors around the world. Their worldwide reputation attracted more than 100 young artists from Russia, America and Scandinavia to study in Dusseldorf.
Raised in Dusseldorf, Oswald started attending the art academy at the age of eight. One of his first experiences was a trip to Italy, which displays in his artistic work; the many sketches and paintings from the early fifties werre strongly influenced by the beautiful Italian landscapes.
After a great success of Oswald Achenbach's first exhibition successes, the young painter's works were quickly recognised by the public. In 1852, the Amsterdam Academy affiliated the 25 year old painter as an Honorary Member, followed by: the Academies of Petersburg, Rotterdam, Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Stockholm.