Nuremberg City View by Friedrich Georg Trost, c. 1900
Nuremberg City View Original watercolor by Friedrich Georg Trost, c. 1900
Although it is most famous today as the spot of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, the city is one of great cultural importance. Its Academy of Fine Arts is one of the first in Central Europe. Significant contributions to European culture include their advances in printing and astronomy. A number of important historic figures were born in Nuremberg, including the renowned portraitist and engraver Albrecht Durer and the composer Johann Pachelbel. In this hand-signed watercolor by Friedrich Georg Trost, the city's signature medieval architecture rises from the quaint cobblestone streets and is rendered in beautiful blues and soft pinks. Contemporary customers sit outside a table at the Bratwurstglokle, a small tavern specializing in Nuremberg's most famous dish: Bratwurst, a type of sausage made of sheep intestines. The work demonstrates Trost's careful hand and familiarity with every nook and cranny of his hometown. From his character's expressive poses to the shape of every shadow, it is a loving perspective of one of Germany's greatest cities.
Little is known about this German painter. Born in 1844, Friedrich Georg Trost was a native of Nuremberg. His father Wilhelm Trost, who was a still life painter and portraitist, probably instructed him in his craft. Although Friedrich studied in different cities around Germany, he eventually returned to work in Nuremberg as a magazine illustrator and in a local ceramics factory. He is most famous today for a small series of watercolors of his hometown of which this work is a part. It is unclear whether he was ever commissioned to do large-scale artworks, as many people in the late 19th and early 20th century turned to watercolors as a leisure activity. A relatively obscure artist, Trost died at the age of seventy-eight in 1922.
- Onastasia Youssef