About the artist
Arthur Kampf (26 September 1864 in Aachen – 8 February 1950 in Castrop-Rauxel) was a German history painter. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.
He studied under Peter Janssen, among others, at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1879 to 1881. After completing his education he became a professor at the Kunstakademie and taught there until 1889, when he moved to Berlin. There he continued to teach at the local Kunstakademie.
From 1915 to 1924 he was president of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. He also became a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts.
Kampf joined the Nazi Party soon after the Nazis seized power. In 1939's "Great German Art Exhibition" (Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung) at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, he was represented by numerous works. In 1939 he received the Adlerschild des Deutschen Reiches with the inscription "To the German painter" (Dem deutschen Maler).
In 1944, Kampf was one of 24 artists, architects, authors, composers, actors, and singers added to the "Special list" of the Gottbegnadeten list, meaning he was considered absolutely indispensable.