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Johann Achert

Johann Achert

*  1655 Rottweil
† 1730 Rottweil

The painter and councilman Johann Achert counts among the most important representatives of baroque art in the German language region.
Johann Achert was born son of a poor tailor in Rottweil around 1655. He attended the local school and presumably completed an apprenticeship. It is very likely that his journeyman years took him to Augsburg and Constance.
In 1682 Johann Achert completed his master licence in Rottweil, the same year he married the mayor’s daughter Amelia Eva Lindau. There is also proof for yet another wedding in 1710/11, when he married his second wife Maria Franziska Gebel, daughter of a court commissioner. Between 1711 and 1713 Johann Achert was active as master of the merchants‘ guild as well as councilman. It seems as if the poor tailor’s son had achieved some account in Rottweil.
This must also be seen in connection with his success as a painter. As far as his style is concerned, it becomes obvious that Johann Achert is a child of his hometown: His paintings are in line with the Rottweil School. Among the Rottweil artists, Johann Achert is closest to Johann Georg Glückher, who was about his age. Next to special Rottweil features, the strict French baroque classicism has left traces in Johann Achert’s oeuvre. This becomes particularly obvious in works made during his wandering years. The later mature work of Johann Achert is characterized by a pleasure for spinning tales in scenes with many figures. Johann Achert shows great fancy for large foreground figures in front of vast scenes dominated by shades of red and white.
At a younger age, Johann Achert predominantly made portraits but also flags and stage props, he soon received commissions from high-ranked people in Rottweil and also from the local nobility, the lords of Ensberg, Bissingen and Ulm-Erbach. He also received church commissions. The altar piece for the Freiburg Franciscan church (1693) or for the Catholic church in Weil (after 1680) are special examples among Johann Achert's ecclesiastical works.
In 1730 Johann Achert died in his hometown Rottweil.