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Programme / Preview 2020

Talent has no Sex
Paintresses and Painters of the Romantic Age at Eye Level

16.02.2020 - 10.05.2020

 

Writing in 1834, the British art-critic Anna Jameson, urged German female artists to adopt a new approach expressing a "feminine way of thinking" and distinctive touch in their works as a means of demonstrating their own specific potential. Beginning at the age of Raffael, she classified their works in the long history of pictorial art – a statement which at that time was taken just as little for granted as indeed the passing of judgement by a female in matters relating to art.

The exhibition is devoted to the works of twelve women painters representing the Romantic Era juxtaposed with those of their male peers. Subjected to critical examination are corresponding role assignments and demands. This sophisticated presentation comprises some 80 paintings and drawings.

Franz Krüger: Portrait Karl Robert Graf Nesselrode, around 1825/30, oil on canvas, Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt

Franz Krüger: Portrait Karl Robert Graf Nesselrode, around 1825/30, oil on canvas,
Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt

Julie Gräfin von Egloffstein: Queen Therese of Bavaria, 1836, oil on canvas, Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfond, Schloss Nymphenburg

Julie Gräfin von Egloffstein: Queen Therese of Bavaria, 1836, oil on canvas,
Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfond, Schloss Nymphenburg

 

Esthetic Places
Idylls by Traugott Faber (1786-1863) - Scenes in Thuringia and Saxony

21.06. - 30.08.2020

 

In the course of several journeys undertaken between 1821 and 1842, the Dresden-born artist Traugott Faber painted views of building structures in Thuringia and Saxony. His watercolours depict rural out-of-the-way places viewed from romantic perspectives, a number of which can still be discovered even today. These include tucked-away manor houses, mills, summer houses and mediaeval churches or castles doomed to decay. The extensive stock of over 80 works reflects Faber’s esthetic selection criteria. His works are juxtaposed with modern photos of the scenes he originally captured. These "lost places" evoke their own special charm and atmosphere.

 

Traugott Faber: Forsthaus bei Moritzburg, 1844, Aquarell
Traugott Faber: forest house atMoritzburg, 1844, watercolour
© Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt

Zum Vergleich: Forsthaus bei Moritzburg, 2019, Fotografie
For comparison: forest house at, 2019, photography
© Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt

 

Karl Hagemeister
„Ever-changing light"
German impressionism in landscape painting

18.10.2020 - 21.02.2021

 

Born in Werder on the River Havel, Karl Hagemeister (1848-1933) ranks among the most prominent representatives of German impressionism and was a pioneer of modern landscape painting.

After studying in Weimar, forming temporary links with the group around Wilhelm Leibl known as the "Leibl Circle" and influenced by contemporary French art, he settled in the picturesque Havel Lake District close to Potsdam in 1884, remaining deeply attached to the Brandenburg countryside all his life from which he drew upon his motifs. While still maintaining links with the Berlin art scene around Max Liebermann and remaining enrolled as a founder-member of the Berlin Secession, Hagemeister nevertheless preferred to work in solitude and seclusion.

He likewise went his own way to create an individual style of landscape. Quite early in life he had discovered nature as a living organism and set out to capture the scenic beauty of its subtle changes and movements, developing an increasingly free style distinguished by rhythmic and intensely colourful accents. Dynamism and expressivity gained increasing importance in his late works in which wave and coastal formations play a prominent role.

The exhibition – comprising roughly 100 paintings, pastels and drawings – covers all of the artist’s different creative periods in addition to singling out central influences. The exhibits have been culled from major Hagemeister collections, in particular those from Potsdam and Berlin. A number of privately owned works are to be put on public display for the very first time.

The Potsdam Museum – Forum for Art and History in collaboration with the Georg Schäfer Museum, Schweinfurt and the Ahrenshoop Museum of Art.

Karl Hagemeister: Wiesenstück, 1906
Karl Hagemeister: Meadowland, 1906, oil on canvas, 71 x 111 cm, Potsdam Museum – Forum for Art and History
© Potsdam Museum – Forum for Art and History