Karl Paul Themistokles von Eckenbrecher was born in Athens on 17 November 1842. His father was a Prussian military officer and his mother was from Trieste, Italy and he was born during their travels across Europe and the orient. His son Gustav Heinrich Themistokles von Eckenbrecher (1876-1935) also became an artist. Eckenbrecher initially attended the Anglo-American school in Berlin before studying under the court painter Carl Gustav Wegener (1812-1887). Around 1861, the family moved to Düsseldorf where he was tutored by Oswald Achenbach (1827-1905) who influenced his style.
His travels with his family inspired his love of ships and also helped inform his subject matter. In 1875, he married Johanna (Jane) Stever and continued to travel across Europe. He also visited the Near East, Philippines, Egypt and Africa painting the views he saw. He went back to Berlin in 1889 setting up a studio as a permanent base to return from his travels. In 1919, he moved to Goslar where he died on 4 December 1921.
Examples of his work are held by the Dusseldorf Museum, German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven, Vienna Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||28.5 inches x 45.5 (72.5cm x 115.5cm)|
|Framed Size||37 inches x 54 inches (94cm x 137cm)|