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Hugo Richter-Lefensdorf (1853-1904)

Ahrenshoop, GER
14.4. - 23.6.2024

Hugo Richter-Lefensdorf (1853-1904)

A painter of the first generation in Ahrenshoop

Hugo Richter-Lefensdorf (1853-1904) belonged to the core of the first generation of the Ahrenshoop artists’ colony and was one of its most distinctive personalities. Knowledge about him has been very patchy until now. There are hardly any works in museums. His oeuvre is scattered and its extent is difficult to estimate. Dr Konrad Mahlfeld spent over two years researching the circumstances of the artist’s life and the whereabouts of his works. Much new information came to light and many a mistake was corrected. The publication of Mahlfeld’s monograph coincides with the opening of the first retrospective on Richter-Lefensdorf in almost 120 years at the Ahrenshoop Art Museum. It is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever organised. The exhibition paints a picture of a painter who was as down-to-earth as he was sophisticated, who travelled the world and whose artistic view of nature already showed modern traits.

Hugo Richter-Lefensdorf (1853-1904), Im Schutze der Dünen, after 1896, oil on canvas, 33.5 x 46 cm, Stiftung Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop
Hugo Richter-Lefensdorf (1853-1904), Alte Weiden am Dorfrand, 1899, oil on canvas, 70 x 91 cm, collection of the municipality of Ahrenshoop/Förderkreis Ahrenshoop e. V.
Hugo Richter-Lefensdorf (1853-1904), Im Darßwald, around 1900, oil on cardboard, 49 x 37.5 cm, Stiftung Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop