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Johann Wilhelm Schirmer

Our occupation with the Oeuvre of Johann Wilhelm Schirmers started with the retrospective exhibition at the  Museum Zitadelle Jülich in 2001 "Natur im Blick" and has continued since then.

Our research is focussed on the painting technique and work process of J.W. Schirmer and other representants of the Düsseldorf School.

Beacause of his many pupils and countless copies made during formative training at the academy with J.W. Schirmer it is often difficult to establish authentication of his work. Our research, however, has led to numerous reattributions. This is an essential step towards a catalogue raisonné of J.W. Schirmer.

Currently there will be exhibitions at the Museum Zitadelle Jülich on the occasion of his 150th year of death

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Schirmer bei der Arbeit an der Waldkapellezoom
Schirmer bei der Arbeit an der Via Malazoom

Johann Wilhelm Schirmer
variations on basis of a Litho by Henry Ritter from the portfolio "Schattenseiten der Düsseldorfer Maler nebst verkürzten Ansichten Ihrer Leistungen" von 1845.

The original print showed Schirmer scraping paint off his painting, as he was notorious for altering and overpainting his works. The studio situation displays nevertheless very clearly how Schirmer used his scetches and studies for new compositions. This aspect  as well as his use of different painting techniques was emphasized in these three variations.

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