Dimensions: 9 ¼ x 12 ¼ inches
About the artist
Kirberg was born May 16, 1850 in Elberfeld, Germany and studied at the Düsseldorf Academy until the Franco-Prussian Civil War. He participated in the war and was wounded, whereupon he continued with his studies at the Academy. He studied under Wilhelm Sohn (German painter, 1830–1899) and Eduard von Gebhardt (German painter, born in 1838). Though he made several educational trips to study in the Netherlands, Düsseldorf was his main residence. On these trips he mainly painted genre scenes, some serious as well as several cheerful ones. He lived in Munich from 1890 to 1900 and returned to Düsseldorf. His work was regularly exhibited in Germany: between 1876 and 1890 at the Berlin Academy Exhibition; between 1893 and 1916 at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition; between 1883 and 1914 at the Munich Glass Palace; in 1902 at the National Art Exhibition in Düsseldorf; and in 1913 and 1925 at the Great Art Exhibition, also in Düsseldorf. Kirberg was often inspired by the lives of the Nordic sea and fishermen. His first large painting: A Victim of the Sea (a drowned fishermen mourned by his wife) was honored in 1879 at the Berlin Academy Exhibition with a Small Gold Medal and bought by the National Gallery. Kirberg was also honored in 1888 at the International Art Exhibition of Antwerp, Holland with a medal. The Schlesische Museum Warsaw, Poland owns his painting The Firstborn. Kirberg died in 1926 in Düsseldorf.
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