June 25th - August 21st 2022


Kunstmuseum Schwaan
Mühlenstraße 12, Schwaan


In the wide lowlands of the Wümme - completely hidden under old oak trees - lies the small village of Fischerhude near Bremen. In search of the mysterious light, painters came to Fischerhude and found this glow in the dark channels of the Wümme, in which the old pasture trees, the sky and the endless expanse of the horizon were reflected. It was not for nothing that Otto Modersohn said of Fischerhude "The village had a fairytale-like effect on me". Fischerhude became a place for artists almost by chance and attracted a large number of artists with its quiet magic.


The painter Heinrich Breling (1849-1914) returned to his North German homeland in 1886 and lived in Fischerhude with his wife and six daughters, who were also artistically gifted. The daughter Louise later became Otto Modersohn's third wife. Although Breling's presence meant that Fischerhude was already a "place of artists", the two Worpswede artists Otto Modersohn (1865-1943) and Fritz Overbeck (1869-1909) "discovered" Fischerhude for the second time. As if by chance, they found the place in 1896 during a hike from the "omnibus station" Falkenberg near Lilienthal. After their visit to Fischerhude, the two said "they were wrong about Worpswede" - Fischerhude surpassed Worpswede in picturesque charm. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Fischerhude, unknown at the time, was a remote "island" and difficult to reach. Here, away from the academies, artists could escape into "untouched" nature and study the landscape in the open air. This seclusion of Fischerhude and its location on the Wümme River is something the town has in common with Schwaan, which lies between the Warnow and Beke rivers. In the exhibition "Fischerhude. The Quiet Artists' Village", paintings by artists from the first to the third phase of Fischerhude's development as an artists' village are shown. On display are 40 landscapes, including a large number of works by Otto Modersohn.


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