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Kronberg im Taunus

Rustic village close to Frankfurt, Germany

Two artist groups, two diverse viewpoints

The painter’s colony in Kronberg was one of the earliest in Germany in the 19th century. About 60 artists painted here for several years. The artists reacted to increasing industrialisation and technical changes in the big city culture. Rustic Kronberg served as a projection of the unaltered ‘healthy and natural world’. Simple motives mixed with their personal experience of this reality. Guesthouse ‘Zum Adler’ served as accommodation and an artsy meeting place for the new residents.

Then, around 1900, wealthy Frankfurt citizens discovered the small town of Taunus as a health and holiday resort and built their summer villas there. Done with the romantic seclusion and rustic peace! As Kronberg rose in status, a society oriented artist group settled in town and joined the “Back to Nature” movement. Although these new artists did follow the lines of the simple motives, they mainly focused their art on portraiture and the historical painting of society’s events.

The main artists who lived and worked here:

Jakob Fürchtegott Dielmann (*1809 – 1885)
Philipp Rumpf (*1821 – 1896)
Anton Burger (*1824 – 1905)
Otto Scholderer (*1834 – 1902)
Hans Thoma (*1839 – 1924)
Alfred Schönberger (*1845 – 1907)
Wilhelm Trübner (*1851 – 1917)
Friedrich Ernst Morgenstern (*1853 – 1919)
Philipp Frank (*1860 – 1944)
Nelson Gray Kinsley (*1863 – 1945)
Fritz Wucherer (*1873 – 1948)

Berliner Platz 3-5
61476 Kronberg im Taunus
+49 6173 7030
Christoph König
Katharinenstraße 7
61476 Kronberg im Taunus
+49 6173 7030
Museum Kronberger Malerkolonie
Heinrich-Winter-Straße 4 a
61476 Kronberg im Taunus
+49 6173 929490
Galerie Kerstner
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 7
61476 Kronberg im Taunus