A challenging motif in the form of a multi-colored, mixed bunch of wildflowers is rep resent ed here simply and with out sentimentality. In the spring of 1868, the painters Scholderer and Thoma had visited Courbet in Paris and enthusiastically attended an exhibition of his works. With Courbet’s still lifes fresh in his mind, on his return to Munich Thoma painted a series of flower pieces with free, fluid brushstrokes and dark backgrounds. On the table there are usually additional items — glasses, books, cups — which add an element of narrative that distinguishes Thoma’s work from that of his role model.


  • Title: Bouquet of Wild Flowers
  • Creator: Hans Thoma
  • Date Created: 1872
  • Physical Dimensions: w55.0 x h77.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A II 146
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Acquired 1916
  • Artist biography: Hans Thoma was a German painter. He entered the Karlsruhe Academy in 1859 and was an apprentice to Schirmer and Des Coudres. He later studied and worked in Düsseldorf, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt as well as in Italy. Thoma was impressed by early German masters like Cranach who influenced his artistic style. His artworks are also characterized by the impact of the Pre-Raphaelites. This is demonstrated in his love of detail, especially in depictions of nature, his precise drawing of outline and fascination for colouring. Apart from his paintings he also created a number of lithographs, pen drawings and mural paintings. He is known for compositions like 'Sunflowers' (1882) and 'Glade' (1876).
  • Artist Place of Death: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Bernau im Schwarzwald, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1839-10-02/1924-11-07

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