Gustav Meissner was predominantly a painter of naturalistic landscapes. He was a careful student of the natural world and his works often convey the subtleties of light with great skill.
Stylistically, his approach changed a little as new ideas emerged over the decades. Between 1850 and 1880, he tended to paint quite tightly, with a focus on broad expansive views, certainly inspired by the German romantics. But later, his approach fits alongside the French Barbizon school of painters, such as Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867), who would often work outdoors in an effort to capture nature’s ever-shifting emphasis.
With his understanding of both approaches, Meissner could create landscapes rich with atmosphere that were grounded in the realities of the natural world.
Born in Marienwerder, Germany.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Konigsberg and also in Munich.
Known to have worked in Berlin, Dusseldorf, and Weimer.
'Coastal Landscape With Cattle & River'