Christian Modersohn - Winterlicher Atelierfensterblick (Winter's View from the Studio), 1986

Watercolour on paper

36 x 50 cm / framed 66 x 80 cm
14 x 19 inch / framed 25 x 31 inch

Signed, dated "Modersohn 86"

- with handmade craftsman's frame and
UV absorbing, non-reflective glass -

N 9011

5,800 €

About the work

The natural adversaries of plein–air water–colour painters are rain, frost, acquaintances or old friends pausing to pass the time of day, and hobby painters dispensing good advice. The latter were amicably, but pointedly made aware of his profession by Christian Modersohn. Despite weather forecasts, the barometer or well–meaning warnings, sudden showers can still, however, occasionally ruin the most promising of paintings. Consequently – as on the bitterly cold afternoon this painting was created – Christian Modersohn preferred the warmth of his studio, which offered him the perfect view onto his beloved and frequently featured row of trees bounding his extensive grounds to the north, to execute one of his rare studio works.The northern tributary of the Wümme has burst its banks, allowing the water to overflow into the lower lying reaches of the meadow and inundate the blanket of snow. By the next day, the field has been transformed into a glittering ice rink, a paradise for outdoor ice–skaters. Until well into advanced age, Modersohn could often be seen riding through the locality on his trusty "Hollander" bicycle.
(Antje Modersohn)

Text authored and provided by Antje Modersohn, born 1955, granddaughter of Otto Modersohn

from his third marriage with Louise Modersohn-Breling, married, three children. Studied art history in Munich and Hamburg. Involved in the establishing of the Otto Modersohn Museum and archive in Fischerhude as of 1974. Member of the boards of the Gesellschaft-Otto-Modersohn-Museum e.V., the Otto Modersohn Foundation, Fischerhude since 1989, of the Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Stiftung, Bremen since 2008 and of the Otto-Modersohn-Museum e.V., Tecklenburg since 2015. Following the death of her father, Christian Modersohn (1916-2009), she and her husband, Rainer Noeres, took over management in 2010 of the Otto Modersohn Museum in Fischerhude, which provides public access to an extensive number of paintings, drawings, studies and sketchbooks. Among other roles, Antje Modersohn is the co-editor of the correspondence between Paula Modersohn-Becker and Otto Modersohn, which was published by the Insel publishing house in 2017.   (Visit website)

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Christian Modersohn, Winter's View from the Studio, 1986, 36 x 50 cm / framed 66 x 80 cm, N 9011
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