Otto Modersohn - Sommerabend mit Mond (Summer Evening with Moon), 1911

Oil on painting board

50 x 35 cm / framed 59 x 44 cm
19 x 13 inch / framed 23 x 17 inch

dated bottom right: VII II (July1911)

 

N 9487

Expertise:

Expertise Otto Modersohn Museum, Fischerhude, Rainer Noeres, 5.3.2022

Provenance:

Otto Modersohn
Christian Modersohn
Otto Modersohn Museum, Fischerhude

Literature:

Otto Modersohn. Fischerhude 1908–1943, hrsg. von Otto Modersohn Museum, Fischerhude, Ausst.-Kat. Otto Modersohn Museum, Fischerhude 1992/93, Kat. 18 mit farbiger Abb. S. 46

Exhibitions:

Fischerhude, Otto Modersohn Museum, Otto Modersohn. Fischerhude 19081943, Kat. 18 mit farbiger Abb. S. 46                           
Fischerhude, Otto Modersohn Museum in zahlreichen Ausstellungen von1992 bis 2019 gemäß Expertise Rainer Noeres vom 5.3.2022

About the work

Louise Modersohn-Breling, Otto Modersohn’s third wife since 1909, was an often-painted motif around 1910. This might be explained by the enduring state of being in love of the painter. He painted her repeatedly during long walks as an enlivening element in the meadow landscape around Fischerhude. The painting “Sommerabend mit Mond” is one of the rare vertical format studies of this period. On a warm July evening, Louise Modersohn greets us in a violet summer dress with a raised arm in front of a green meadow and a yellow field. The full silver moon shows itself behind her, still in a light blue sky. Dark, blue-green tree forms above the figure provide a canopy and a frame. The painting doesn’t deny the profound influence that the impression of the paintings of Van Gogh exercised, not only on Otto Modersohn, in these years.
However, his very personal painting signature remains unmistakable.
Unforgotten is the fact that Otto Modersohn was the only "Worpswede painter” who advocated the purchase of the painting "Field with Poppies” by Vincent van Gogh by the Kunsthalle Bremen in 1911, in the face of much resistance, and who stood with Gustav Pauli, Harry Graf Kessler, Max Liebermann, August Macke, Franz Marc, Christian Rohlfs, Max Beckmann and others in "Im Kampf um die Kunst" (In the struggle for art) in response to the polemic "Ein Protest Deutscher Künstler" (A protest of German artists).

 

Text authored and provided by Rainer Noeres, manager of the Otto Modersohn Museum in Fischerhude,

born 1948. Typesetter apprenticeship in Hamburg from 1965-1968. Study of fine arts at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg (HfbK) from 1968-1973. Co-founder and operating partner of the Produzentengalerie Hamburg from 1973-2009. Teaching appointment for painting at the HfbK in 1974.
Married to Antje Modersohn, the daughter of Christian Modersohn, since 1976, three children. Decisively involved in establishing the Otto Modersohn Museum and archive in Fischerhude since 1977. Responsible for the creation of the catalogue raisonné of Otto Modersohn since 1980. Planning and execution of many exhibitions and cooperation projects with museums and art associations in Germany and abroad. Author of foundational publications on the work of Otto Modersohn. Employed since 2010 as head of the museum, as well as as voluntary managing director of the Otto-Modersohn-Gesellschaft e.V. and the Otto Modersohn Foundation, which were founded in 1989. Member of the board of the Otto Modersohn Foundation and of the Otto-Modersohn-Museum-Tecklenburg e.V. in Tecklenburg/Westphalia, founded in 2015.   (Visit website)

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