Reproduction of Amberg's classic paintings painted in oil on canvas. All works by Amberg entirely hand painted.
Wilhelm Amberg, born February 25, 1822 in Berlin, died September 10, 1899 in Berlin, was a German genre painter.
He was trained by the painters Carl Joseph Begas in Berlin and Leon Cogniet in Paris (1845). After that he spent a few years in Rome.
His paintings are characterized by humor and a poetic atmosphere. Wilhelm Amberg won numerous prizes and, from 1886, was a member of the Senate of the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin.
His most famous canvas is "Reading from Goethe's Werther" (1870) - Vorlesung aus Goethes Werther in German - and depicts a reading of the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, showing five young girls seated in a romantic location in nature, who have gone outside to read this novel. One of them is crying, leaning on the shoulders of another girl. A third is leaning towards the girl who is reading, with intense attention, with a handkerchief in her hand, like the girl sitting next to the reader. Another is next to her as if resting on the moss-covered vegetation on which she is sitting... all the young girls are moved by the conference.
Shortly after its publication in 1774, young women were bewitched by the novel and young men began to dress in yellow trousers and blue jackets, like young Werther, the novel's main character. Werther shoots himself with a pistol after being rejected by the woman he loves, and soon after it was published there were numerous reports of young men using the same method to commit suicide in an act of desperation.
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