Christian Modersohn was not only a gifted water-colour painter, he was also an enthusiastic torch-bearer of his father Otto Modersohn's legacy, for whom he organised a series of exhibitions in Bremen, Bremerhaven, Essen, Münster and Tecklenburg to mark the 100th anniversary of his birthday. Exhausted from his constantly travelling with the paintings, and in recognition of the need to establish a permanent exhibition space to house his father's body of work, he built the Otto-Modersohn-Museum in the immediate vicinity of his own residence in Fischerhude, which was inaugurated in 1974.
Standing at the centre of this present work is the newly-built museum. It is also one of the few watercolours showing a view of the Modersohn's house from the north. He painted it from the far banks of the northern branch of the River Wümme in the late afternoon, probably in February 1973, under a heavy sky. Consequently, the dynamic, confident brush stokes were applied rapidly as the gathering storm clouds posed an immediate threat to the impression of the landscape the water-colourist was just capturing on canvas.
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