The Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse has the following radius of activity: It limits the geographical borders of the provenance of its collections to the Rhineland, but with a definite European viewpoint. Because of its close borders to France, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands, the Rhineland has historically held a special role in the common artistic development. The contact with artists from the neighboring countries brought, on all sides, a heightened impulse to look past national trends in the development of the artistic works. The preservation of artistic legacies from these specific regions gave a direction beyond borders to the work of the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse.