Landscape painter Joseph Jansen was born on July 20, 1829 in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen). He spent most of his early years as a student at the Dusseldorf Academy. His paintings were first exhibited in Vienna in 1872. Jansen created numerous landscapes depicting scenery and towns in Switzerland and Germany, especially along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The artist specialized, however, in views of the Alps. Jansen died in Dusseldorf in 1905. His work has been exhibited in the United States and throughout Europe.