From the Middle Ages to colour painting

The Clemens Sels Museum Neuss features a particularly high-quality and diverse collection. The art collection starts at paintings from the Middle Ages and the 17th century Dutch. The Nazarenes and Pre-Raphaelites are also represented with important works. Above all, the works of the Symbolists form a collection that is unique in Germany. Beyond that, the collection includes important pieces of Rhenish Expressionism and Naïve art. The collection is completed by contemporary works of colour painting.

The middle age

The work of an artist in the Middle Ages is only conceivable in a religious context. Artworks were mainly commissioned by churches and monasteries that influenced the pictorial content.

Dutch Painting

Dutch painting reached its heyday in the 17th century. It is generally divided into the art of the southern and northern provinces.

Nazarene movement

In 1809 Friedrich Overbeck and Franz Pforr founded the artists’ group called the Brotherhood of St. Luke in Vienna. After its move to Rome in the following year the movement attracted a growing number of artists who later became known as the Nazarenes.


In 1848 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt and four other artists founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in London.


Major works of international Symbolism form the heart of the collection.

Rhineland Expressionism

Significant works by the group of artists known as the Rhineland Expressionists are another focus of the collection of the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss. They range from major paintings to selected watercolors and drawings to rare reverse-glass paintings.

Naive Art

The Clemens Sels Museum Neuss has a valuable and comprehensive collection of of authentic Naïve art, mostly from the first half of the 20th century.

Color Painting

The Clemens Sels Museum Neuss has an extensive collection of works of so-called Color Painting that has been built up since the end of the 1980s.


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