Item #AT-0482

Willy Hamacher (1865 - 1909) Bordighera Spiaggia Oil on Artist Board.


Bordighera Spiaggia
Oil on Board
16" x 20 unframed,
21.75 x 24.75" framed
Signed lower right

Collection of NYC Art Dealer
A wonderful painting of the Italian Coastline near the beaches of Bordighera.


Willy Hamacher was born on July 10, 1865, in Breslau near the border of Germany. His father, Theodor Hamacher (18251865), who died four months before he was born, was a painter; as was his older brother, Alfred Hamacher (Born 1862) . He began by studying landscape painting at the Silesian Museum of Fine Arts, under the tutelage of Carl Cowen Schirm (18521928). From 1888 to 1889, he continued his studies at the Kunstakademie Dsseldorf with Eugen Dcker (18411916).

From 1889, he was a member of the progressive artists' association, Malkasten. Later, from 1890 to 1894, he was able to perfect his techniques in Berlin, at the Prussian Academy of Arts, where he studied with Hans Fredrik Gude (18251903), who had been Schirm's teacher. During that time, he opened his own studio near the Tiergarten.

In 1895, he moved to the Tauentzienstrasse, where he operated a painting school "for men and women". After 1904, he lived and worked in Wilmersdorf. He travelled extensively, to Sweden, France, England, and Italy. He initially favored Nordic coastal landscapes, but later came to prefer the brighter scenery of Italy. His major exhibitions included those at the Glaspalast (1888), the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung (from 1889), where he was awarded a small gold medal in 1896, and at the Berlin Secession (1898). He passed away July 9 1909 in Duszniki-Zdrj (Bad Reinerz) Germany just before his 45th birthday.