The Neess Collection is one of the most important European private collections of Art Nouveau and Symbolism. In 2017, 570 works from the collection were donated to Museum Wiesbaden and are since then on permanent display. The collection includes numerous fin-de-siècle masterpieces of art-historical significance. The paintings, pastels and watercolours, more than ninety in all, are the work of notable artists from all over Europe. French Symbolism is represented by Gustave Moreau and his pupil Edgar Maxence, as well as Alphonse Osbert, while examples of works from the Belgian movement are by the hand of Fernand Khnopff and Jean Delville. Paintings by Franz von Stuck, Heinrich Vogeler, Ludwig von Hofmann and Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach exemplify significant German trends within Symbolism and Jugendstil. The collection also includes works from Great Britain by renowned Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Edward Burne­Jones, Evelyn De Morgan and John Melhuish Strudwick. In the field of sculpture, works by Alphonse Mucha and George Minne should be mentioned.

The core of the collection is the group of decorative art pieces, encompassing furniture, glass, porcelain and ceramics with entire suites of furniture by Émile Gallé, Hector Guimard and Louis Majorelle, as well as by Bernhard Pankok and Richard Riemerschmid. The collection is also enriched by an abundance of art glass pieces with vases, bowls, lamps and chandeliers by Émile Gallé, Muller Frères, Daum Frères, Johann Lotz Witwe and Tiffany. The display of porcelain and ceramics includes pieces by Ernst Wahliss, Michael Powolny and Albin Muller. Also, the interconnectedness of the collection has to be stressed: Not only can the audience visit the collection within Hans Volckers Gesamtkunstwerk of museal architecture; its interior design building the bridge between Art Nouveau and Historism. Artists such as Ernst Riegel, Hans Christiansen, Albin Muller and Henry van de Velde have left behind traces of Art Nouveau in the city of Wiesbaden – and their works in the collection connect to that local heritage. The collection offers a representative insight, in terms of both quality and quantity, into the artistic production of the fin de siècle between Art Nouveau and Symbolism.

Image artist function date
Hans Christiansen Painter 1866-1945
Edward Burne-Jones Painter 1833-1898
Frères Daum Glassmakers
Jean Delville Painter 1875-1953
Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach Painter 1851-1913
Émile Gallé Master glassmaker, ceramist 1846-1904
Hector Guimard Architect 1867-1942
Ludwig von Hofmann Painter 1861-1945
Fernand Khnopff Painter 1858-1921
Louis Majorelle Cabinetmaker 1859-1926
Albin Müller Architect 1871-1941
Edgar Maxence Painter 1871-1954
George Minne Sculptor 1866-1941
Gustave Moreau Painter 1826-1898
Evelyn De Morgan Painter 1855-1919
Alphonse Mucha Illustrator, decorator 1860-1930
Albin Müller Architect 1871-1941
Frères Muller Glassmakers
Alphonse Osbert Painter 1857-1939
Bernhard Pankok Painter 1872-1943
Michael Powolny Ceramist 1871-1954
Ernst Riegel Goldsmith 1871-1939
Richard Riemerschmid Architect 1868-1957
Franz von Stuck Painter 1863-1928
John Melhuish Strudwick Painter 1849-1937
Louis Comfort Tiffany Glassmakers, jeweler 1848-1933
Henry van de Velde Architect 1863-1957
Heinrich Vogeler Painter 1872-1942
Hans Volcker Painter 1865-1944
Ernst Wahliss Ceramist 1836-1900
Johann Lëtz Witwe Art glass manufacturer
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Mechthild Maisant Jugendstil, in: Wiesbaden - das Stadtlexikon, p. 445-447

Vom Magistrat der LHS Wiesbaden
Gottfried Kisow Das verkannte Jahrhundert. Der Historismus am Beispiel Wiesbaden

ISBN: 978-3936942538
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
Klaus Uwe Ludwig, Lutherkirchengemeinde Wiesbaden Festschrift: Lutherkirche Wiesbaden 1911-1986, 75-jahriges Jubilaum
Along with further commemorative publications: (Rudolf Herold, 50 Jahre Lutherkirche Wiesbaden, 1961, published by: Evangelischer Presseverband fur Hessen und Nassau and Kirche in unserem Jahrhundert, 1986, published by: Lutherkirchengemeinde Wiesbaden)

Lutherkirchengemeinde Wiesbaden
Dorte Folkers, Volkmar Thedens-Jekel Die Kunstwerke von Ernst Riegel in der Lutherkirche Wiesbaden

Luthergemeinde Wiesbaden
Barbara Burkardt, Sibylle Discher, Fritz Geller-Grimm, Peter Forster, Vera Klewitz. u.a. Der Ruf des Progressiven. Jugendstil im Museum Wiesbaden

ISBN: 978-3-422-98137-9
Museum Wiesbaden, Peter Forster
Edwin Becker, Wouter van Herwaarden, Roselyne Bouvier, Valérie Thomas, Peter Forster, Philippe Garner Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond u.a. Radikal schon - Jugendstil und Symbolismus: Die Sammlung Ferdinand Wolfgang Neess

ISBN: 978-3-422-98049-5
Museum Wiesbaden, Sabine Panchaud, Peter Forster

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