From profession to vocation. The Verflassen artist family between Baroque and Biedermeier.

Only very few artists around 1800 worked isolated for themselves; mostly they were involved in different networks, to which they owed decisive impulses. For some artists, whose complete work is only fragmentarily handed down, the exploration of the surrounding network often offers the best opportunity to make the special aspects of their work visible. This also applies to the artist family Verflassen, whose work is little known today.

The Verflassen family originated from the area of ​​Nijmegen / Netherlands. The family came to the Rhineland in the 17th century and lived in Langenschwalbach im Taunus at the end of the 17th century. In the widely branched relationship, painters have been proven over several generations since the 18th century. Parts of the family worked in the Koblenz area for decades, where their oeuvre is handed down especially in churches. The ancestor of the Koblenz line is Johann Jakob Christian Verflassen (1755-1825), who made it the court painter of the Dukes of Nassau. His son, Johann Jakob Ignaz Verflassen (1797-1868), developed to the greatest talent of the family. With the support of the Duke of Nassau, he was able to study at the Vienna Academy and even to undertake a trip to Italy. He finally settled in Vallendar near Koblenz.

Ernst Verflassen (1808-1844), who studied in Munich and made a name for himself as an architectural painter, also belonged to the Verflassen family. With his art, he took a completely different path, than his relatives from Koblenz.

The show will for the first time uncover the networks of the whole family and try to bring together the preserved paintings and drawings in one exhibition. It is not strictly oriented in a biographical order of the family members, but will be arranged in thematic chapters. These include the topics of court art – bourgeois portrait, ecclesiastical and secular customers, native cultural landscape and European tradition of landscape painting. A detailed look is thrown on the artist education of the age. Within this frame of reference, the artist family is made visible again as a whole in the context of its contemporaries.