In the second half of the 19th century, as in many small towns scattered all over Europe, an artist colony also emerged in Schwaan, a farming town just outside Rostock. There, the river landscape between Warnow and Beke, surrounded by gentle hills, offered the landscape painters many attractive motifs.
Draftsmen and painters had been living there since the middle of the 19th century. However, the place only became an artist colony through the native Schwaaner Franz Bunke. He had studied landscape painting at the Weimar school of painting and eventually became a teacher there. Since he regularly brought colleagues and painting students to Schwaan in the summer from 1892, this is considered the year the painter colony was founded.
100 p. Color illustration, Dachau 2012