The Waterfalls of Tivoli


Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 805

74 × 105 cm

zur  Biographie

The German Romantic landscape painter Carl Philipp Fohr, who died young while swimming in the Tiber, broke off his studies at the Munich Academy prematurely in order to make his way to Rome on foot in the company of his dog, Grimsel, in the late fall of 1816. There he produced his most famous paintings in the studio of his teacher, Joseph Anton Koch. In letters to his parents, the artist writes about his work on The Waterfalls of Tivoli, a commission from the Frankfurt businessman Philipp Passavant. In the combination of idealized, mythological landscape and medieval staffage figures, Fohr’s romantic artistry is expressed with particular clarity.

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