Tbilisi Art Palace obtains paintings by Paul von Franken
Art enthusiasts in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi can now view Classical works depicting 19th century Georgian cities and countryside by German painter Paul von Franken were donated to the Tbilisi Art Palace museum this week.
Three paintings by von Franken (1818-1884), who came to be known as "The Painter of the Caucasus” for his work in the region, will become part of the venue’s continual display.
The works include the pieces Evening by the Kura River Near Tiflis, Caucasian Landscape with a Village and Oriental Cityscape.
They were donated to Art Palace by Archil Gelovani, Chairman of the museum’s Board of Trustees and founder of the Pirosmani Foundation.
Art Palace said the three paintings by von Franken would go on permanent display of the venue "in the nearest days”.
Gelovani obtained von Franken’s paintings at prominent international art auctions including the Sotheby’s and Christie’s for a combined value of over $200,000.
Born in the western German village of Oberbachem, von Franken emerged as a well-known landscape painter and a member of the Duesseldorf School of Painting. Associated with the late Romanticist period of classical art, the painter travelled cities and countryside of the Caucasus in the second half of the 19th century with a commission from the Russian government. Painting life and landscapes in the provinces of the region, von Franken also resided in Tbilisi with his wife in 1853. The artist died in Dusseldorf in 1884.