Heinrich Buerkel

Charcol burning in a wintery landscape

  • Artist
    Heinrich Buerkel
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Charcol burning in a wintery landscape
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    59.5 x 77.7 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Mrs. I. Main-Rippin, 1932

In 1824, having finally being granted permission from his parents to pursue an artistic career, Heinrich Bürkel moved from his birthplace of  Pirmasens to Munich. With the exception of two years spent in Italy in 1831-32 he spent much of his life in the Bavarian capital.

Life in the Bavarian mountains and the close connection between the countryside and those who worked it was a favourite theme of Bürkel who was praised for his skill in depicting nature in winter. This beautifully rendered painting with its charcoal burners at work at the onset of winter is a fine example of his sensitive working of such scenes.

Drawing inspiration also from the works of the 17th Century Dutch masters,  Bürkel  became a  very successful landscape and genre artist whose  works are to be found in many European public and private collections. This work, for example, was in the bought by HRH Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge while he was Viceroy of Hanover. It was inherited by his son, HRH George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge and was sold at the auction of his large collection by the executors of the Cambridge estate in 1904.