Two sisters praying

Josef von Brackel

Two sisters praying

Biography artist

Josef von Brackel or Jos van Brackel (Kleve June 7, 1874 – Kleve November 15, 1959) was a German painter.
His painting subjects consist mainly of landscapes, cities, still lifes and scenes from everyday life such as various flower markets, cafés, beachdays, etc. His work is overall post-impressionistic and expressionistic.
From 1890 to 1897, von Brackel studied in the studio of Friedrich Stummel (1850 – 1919). He then traveled through Germany and Italy. He studied at the academy in Düsseldorf, Munich, Berlin and Florence. He also undertook numerous study trips to Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.
He has several special projects to his name. One example is the design of the 70 square meter ceiling painting “Zug der Frau Holle” in the town hall in Kassel. For this assignment von Brackel moved to Kassel in 1912. On this project von Brackel collaborated with fellow artist Professor Hermann Knackfuss (1848-1915) and they worked on this project in 1912 and in 1913. Josef also had a large number of paintings presented at the German art exhibition in Kassel in 1912, also in the years that followed. He was a very productive painter. From then on Von Brackel worked in Kassel as a freelance artist until after World War II. In 1945 he returned to Kleve where he eventually died in 1959.
His works are represented in various museums, such as; the Kassel City Museum, Kassel National and Municipal Art Collection, Museum Kurhaus Kleve and more.
Source/literature: Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL), database Städtische Museen Kassel, Arbeiten in der Neuen Galerie und im Stadtmuseum Kassel, Ausstellungskatalog: “Künstler in Hessen”, 1884 – 1984 v. 18.9. – October 31, 1984 at Wüstenrot in Kassel.

Oil on canvas circa 1915-1935, signed upper right

100 cm x 85 cm incl. frame, 90 cm x 75 cm excl. frame