Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Ernst Odefey II: some more ferries and steam along the Elbe and in Hamburg Harbor

Following in the footsteps of Ernst Odefey (from before posting) visiting Hamburg harbor in the days of steam as promised today some nice works related to the HADAG harbor ferry in his print. Following my stream of consciousness and curiosity I took the ferry to debark some kilometers downstream and meeting another interesting artist. 

Most connected and related to atmosphere of steam, river Elbe and Hamburg are of course the expressionist paintings by Emil Nolde (1867-1956). He was born in the nearby borderlands of Schleswick and Denmark. The border between Germany and Denmark shifting regularly. 

But many other artists were attracted to the bustling and "romantic" scenery of Hamburg harbor. Paul Kutscha (1872-1935) an impressionist painter trained in Munich and Paris, travelled to Australia for 4 years and, returned, stayed in Hamburg 1905-1910 painting the harbor often. He was intrigued by the tugboats and ferries. 

And Paul Paeschke (1875-1943), probably my favorite German etcher, visited and depicted in his etchings so many German cities. In Hamburg harbor (he was in the Alster area too) he also saw the steam ferries and tugboats. Here he stuffed his stage with ships instead of the crowds he usually depicts in the streets, squares, beaches and markets in his city views.  

But it was this painting (below) that lead me to the possible destination of the ferry and, after a short stay and visit, back to a very interesting address in the heart of Hamburg, leading ultimately back to printmaking. 

All pictures borrowed freely from the Internet for friendly, educational and non commercial use only. 

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