German art has been highly influential upon the overall direction of European art over the past few centuries and has been strong in several different art movements which we will cover in this post.
Caspar David Friedrich for example was a skilled romanticist painter who covered landscapes in an innovative style over many years. This art movement was all about adding one’s own emotions into the work and was an important pre-cursor to the impressionists which was an art movement that began in France around the mid-19th century.
Additional to German art influence was Hans Holbein, famous today for his highly publicized portraits of the English King Henry VIII. Holbein built a strong reputation after moving to the UK where he was to become highly connected with politicians, religious leaders and also members of the Royal Family, which at the time was in England only.
Hans Holbein may not be as academically respected as some other German painters but he certainly was important as a portrait painter and his career also has great historical significance because of the way that it provides visual records of many key members of English society during the 16th century.
Albrecht Durer was perhaps the most significant of all artists mentioned here and his career came several centuries earlier at a time when European art was really in a transitional phase. Durer was highly skilled in many different art mediums and this helped to single him out as someone with ability and ideas that were perhaps ahead of his time in a similar way to the Italian Renaissance masters.