Der Wasserfall der Ilse auf dem Brocken im Harzgebirge by Hermann Josef Neefe
Der Wasserfall der Ilse auf dem Brocken im Harzgebirge by Hermann Josef Neefe

Der Wasserfall der Ilse auf dem Brocken im Harzgebirge

Der Wasserfall der Ilse auf dem Brocken im Harzgebirge c1830 by German Painter Hermann Josef Neefe (1790 – 1854); theater and landscape painter of the early 19th century.

This is breath taking landscape scene of the The Ilse waterfall on the Brocken in the Harz mountains between the Weser and Elbe rivers that occupy part of the German Länder (states) of Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

In the forest scene comprising a richness of trees situated on large boulders that channel the flowing water into the river we see two men by the river bank in front of the main falls; with one sitting and drawing or taking notes as the other man that is standing is pointing things out to him.

Around them are a multitude of trees and plants, with a wonder blue sky and rich blue haze in the distance with just a bit of sunlight peering through the clouds on the left.

To the right of the scene we can see behind the trees a wooden foot bridge that spans the main falls allowing travelers to traverse the area with ease.

Der Wasserfall der Ilse auf dem Brocken is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information Below Derived from Wikipedia.org

Hermann was born on September 3, 1790 in Vienna to Christian Gottlob Neefe an orchestral conductor of the chapel choir and as a child was instructed by his father in playing the violin; and at the age of 14 went to his uncle A. Rösner in Vienna who was an opera singer in the Burgtheater musical training.

While with his uncle, Hermann one day was introduced to the engraver Jakob Christian Schlotterbeck (1757 – 1811) at his uncle’s house.

This chance meeting helped him with his graphic work, which led him to visit the Academy of Visual Art in Vienna, Austria; where he was an A.O. Master student.

While studying at the academy Hermann was mostly influenced by the Austrian Theater Painter Antonio De Pian (1784 – 1851); and to his support was able to receive small commission from various theaters during his training.

Through his teachers at the academy Hermann was introduced to the theater director Karl Friedrich Hensler, who hired him to do some work for him; and later his first major work was in designing the stage sets for a children’s ballet by Friedrich Horschelt.

Though Hermann main work was a theater painter he also created a number of landscapes in oil and watercolors; which often served as drafts for his monumental stage sets.

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