Wilhelm Ostwald's fundamental legacy undoubtedly lies in his scientific research, for which he was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909.
Only very occasionally does architecture become an actual pictorial motif, and this despite the fact that Ostwald visited the USA several times between 1903 and 1906 and experienced some of the prospering cities with their early skyscrapers. Remarkably, his paintings do not reflect this spectacular form of contemporary development or even the mechanisation of industry, to which Ostwald certainly made a significant contribution. He devoted himself entirely in the sense of balancing professional scientific work on the one hand and personal creative painting, the sensation of nature, stillness, harmony on the other.
In the collection of the Wilhelm Ostwald Park, more than 1000 of these works have survived, mostly oil studies on paper as well as some watercolours and drawings. Ostwald himself did not see himself as an artist, yet it is worth taking an intensive look at this idiosyncratically fascinating part of his life's work. The exhibition "Wilhelm Ostwald - Scientist and Landscape Painter" is dedicated to presenting this aspect with an exemplary selection of Ostwald's landscape paintings, which can be viewed at Haus Werk from 11 November 2023 to 16 March 2024.