BORN 2 Feb 1827, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 1 Feb 1905, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
BIRTH NAME Achenbach, Wilhelm Oswald Gustav
GRAVE LOCATION Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Nordfriedhof, Danziger Strasse (Feld 27, Grab 10 a-d)
Oswald Achenbach was the fifth of ten children of the mercant Hermann Achenbach (1783-1849) from Düsseldorf. The painter Andreas Achenbach was his twelve year older brother. Oswald was admmitted to the Art Academy in Düsseldorf when he was eight years old. In 1841 he left the academy and in 1843 he travelled to Bavaria and Tirol. In his early painting the influence of Johann Wilhem Schirmer and Carl Rottmann is visible. In 1850 he started exhibiting at the Galerie Eduard Schulte in Düsseldorf. During the summer of 1850 he travelled to Nice, Genua and Rome. He met Arnold Böcklin, Ludwig Thiersch and Heinrich Dreber during his travels.
On 3 May 1851 he married Julie Arnz (1827-1896), the daughter of the bookseller and printer Heinrich Arnz (1785-1854). He was appointed professor for Landscape Painting at the Academy in Düsseldorf in 1863. In the same year he becane a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and he exhibited at the Salon in Paris from 1863 to 1868. In 1872 he resigned from his professorship and he travelled extensively during the following years. In 1897 he became a honorary citizen of Düsseldorf and he died there in 1905.
is brother/sister of Achenbach, Andreas
was a friend of Böcklin, Arnold