MONDAY | November 14th 2016 at 7.30 pm

public discourse with Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens

Oscar Begas (1828–1883) and the Berlin-based Art Associations.
A typical ‘German Carreer’ in the Kaiserreich.

In his work, the portrait painter Oscar Begas, offspring of a successful Berlin-based dynasty of painters, lithographers and sculptors, combined elements of the restrained Prussian Biedermeier with an elaborate sense of representation typical for the Gründerzeit era after the proclamation of the German Kaiserreich. His career can thus be read as substitute for any academic painter of his generation. Begas´ rise as painter of the Berlin ‘high society’ (politicians, bankers, members of the Court) was partly due to his membership in the Royal Academy in Berlin as well as in several bourgeois art associations such as the Verein Berliner Künstler (1871-1883) or the ‘Verein der Künstlerinnen und Kunstfreundinnen zu Berlin e.V.’, which offered to its members artistic participation beyond the strict rules of academic display. The 175th anniversary of the VBK offers a most welcome opportunity to re-evaluate the artistic merits of Oscar Begas and his role within the academic painting of late Nineteenth Century Berlin.

Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens/Art Historian/ former deputy director of the museum and curator of the BEGAS HOUSE - Museum of Art and Regional History Heinsberg

Entrance 7 pm
Starting 7.30 pm

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Greetings from the ACB Team