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Altermann was born in Dusseldorf in Germany in 1925. As a budding young artist he studied Ecclesiastical art in the Academy of his hometown, a right-of-passage for all artists early 20th Century Europe. But, like the contemporary artists of Europe he found the study limiting, and turned his interest and art towards landscapes. As a young man in a city, the outdoors inspired him.

 

His passion for the outdoors meant he quickly mastered summer woodland scenes. Altermann showed interest in outdoors sports and began adding sporting characters into his landscape compositions. He enjoyed painting seascapes, using the light effects of sunrises and sunsets on waves to amplify the beauty of his paintings. Yet, his hunting woodland settings were his favorite to paint, and remain some of his most sought-after works from his lifetime.

 

Altermann’s reputation has outlived him, and his art continues to be collected by his followers around the world. Altermann passed away in 1978.

 

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