Eugen Dücker

Dücker, Eugen

1841 Arensburg ‐ 1916 Düsseldorf

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Eugen Dücker first attended the "Imperial Academy of Arts" in St. Petersburg and received in 1862 a six-year travel scholarship, which enabled him to first visit Dusseldorf, later also France, Holland, Belgium and Italy. With Eugen Dückers appointment to the head of the landscape class (1872) as successor of Oswald Achenbach began in the Dusseldorf school of painting a change of style to naturalism, which should replace the late romantic trends.



Atmospheric moods in clearly structured compositions became for several decades the distinguishing feature of the "Dücker School", from which emerged such important painters as Eugen Kampf, Helmuth Liesegang, Olof Jernberg and Max Clarenbach. Friedrich Schaarschmidt, a contemporary witness and reliable chronicler of the Düsseldorf School, described retrospectively the change in 1902: "The sea, which was familiar to the art of Dusseldorf through the Achenbachs and the Norwegians, was studied in a completely new way, not in its dramatic movement, but in the quiet, in the sunshine, in melancholy sunsets and shimmering morning moods a virtuoso and meticulous technique. " The new kind of landscape concept is only recognizable against the background of the Düsseldorf tradition: Andreas Achenbach's dramatic sea scenes and the moving Italian views of Oswald Achenbach were in line with the taste of the times, against which Eugen Dücker set his pioneering "pathos of silence". In Dücker's paintings, nothing seems to happen, which could distract the viewer's attention from the perception of the finest moods.


Museums and collections

Works by Eugen Dücker hang in the prestigious public collections in Germany, including the National Gallery in Berlin, the Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister in Dresden and Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. Even with private collectors Dücker's landscape depictions are still very popular.

Works of art



4,800 €

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