Oswald Achenbach

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View over Florence, 1898.

Oswald Achenbach (February 2, 1827 - February 1, 1905) was a German landscape painter.

Born in Düsseldorf, he received his art education from his brother, Andreas Achenbach. His landscapes generally dwell on the rich and glowing effects of color which drew him to the Bay of Naples and the neighborhood of Rome. He died in Düsseldorf. He is represented at most of the important German galleries of modern art. His pieces of artwork were inspired by his father's lunacy and a terrible event that had happened to him in childhood. One day, whilst walking in the forest, three Dementors leapt out of the bushes and clubbed him with cudgels. Having been knocked unconscious, they dragged him to their secret underground lair and clubbed him some more. Having been sufficiently clubbed, they stole his belongings and went off to lucrative civil service jobs. Achenbach, upon regaining consciousness, left the cave and never went into the forest again, but he had a terrible phobia of cudgels for the rest of his life and this fear is clearly represented in his artwork. He never made a painting with a cudgel in it.

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