Heinrich Reinhold, Nach Dem Sturm [After the Storm], 1819.
In a show starting in December 2018, the Hamburger Kunsthalle together with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar is paying tribute to the multifaceted oeuvre of Heinrich Reinhold (1788–1825). This is the first large-scale retrospective on an artist who counts among the foremost German landscape painters of the nine-teenth century, one who set in motion with his work a sea change in the way his contemporaries looked at the landscape. Besides conveying a novel perception of nature, Reinhold’s art stands out due to its unconventional cropping and com-positional refinement as well as his fragile, crystalline drawing technique. Based on around 120 works, the exhibition traces all phases of Reinhold’s career. On view is the full spectrum of his drawings and paintings, from painstaking nature studies, to city and harbour views, all the way to realistic landscape scenes. The Hamburger Kunsthalle holds the largest collection of Reinhold’s works anywhere, with 12 paintings and an extensive array of drawings. These are joined in the show by additional, in some cases never-before-seen, works from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, which acquired in 2010 a significant share of the artist’s estate, as well as works on loan from institutions including the Belvedere in Vienna, the Prints and Drawings Collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen. The ambitious exhibition project promises to inspire a re-evaluation of Reinhold’s body of work.
Heinrich Reinhold’s pictures range from simple pen and pencil drawings to oil studies executed outdoors, a practice that made him a pioneer among German artists. A large share of his work was created in Rome and environs, in particular in Olevano on the Gulf of Naples and in Sicily. With his oil sketches, Reinhold succeeded in capturing the distinctive colour and light of southern climes, thus exercising a vital influence on the development of German art in the first third of the nineteenth century and beyond.
(© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk. Photo courtesy of Elke Walford.)