In the footsteps of the artists' colony

September, 14th - November, 3rd 2019


Städtische Galerie
Marktstr. 5, Schieder-Schwalenberg


Schwalenberg owes its nickname 'painter's town' to its importance as an artists' colony in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Framed by an idyllic landscape and characterized by winding lanes and picturesque half-timbered houses Schwa-lenberg was already in the 19th century a magnet for painters, who turned to the adventurous plein air painting. More and more artists in Germany left their ateliers to seek out new forms of artistic expression directly in nature in the open air. Attractive motifs were found in the rolling, hilly landscape of the fields, the Burgberg with its steep slopes and in the medieval, richly carved, colored half-timbered houses of Schwalenberg. At the end of the 19th century, the function of lifelike depiction, but also of the idealized landscape, increasingly moved into the background. The painters, who were mostly inspired by the impressionism that came from France, rather fascinated by momentary atmospheric phenomena, changing color and light conditions.


For landscape painters, Schwalenberg was particularly interesting because of its geo-atmospheric characteristics: on warm days, a particularly shimmering light rises from the Mörth, the former moor.


The exhibition shows selected works from the collections of the city of Schieder-Schwalenberg and the cultural agency of the Landesverband Lippe of the landscape and genre painting of the first half of the 20th century, which was associated with Schwalenberg.

Site Plan Schwalenberg