German Realism master Karl Blechen (1798 – 1840) often painted outdoors to portray his subjects as literally as possible. Pursuing art after several years as a banker, Blechen was appointed stage painter at Berlin’s Royal Theater, where he could showcase his remarkable, mysterious style. Influenced by travels through Italy, his works became more relaxed and flowing. Later, he was hired as the Berlin Academy’s Professor of Landscape Painting. Blechen was renowned for his dazzling colors and unusual themes, which made him one of the 19th century’s most influential artists.