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Worswede,Teufelsmoor and Watercolor

A painting holiday with Fábio Cembranelli
9 - 16 July 2012, Worpswede, Germany

 

Worpswede – an enchanting village that has captivated gene- rations of artists!

In 1884 a chance acquaintance from Worpswede led Fritz Macken- sen, an art student from Düsseldorf, to the by then quite unknown village in the Teufelsmoor, 18 kilometres north east of Bremen. He returned to Worpswede in 1889 with Otto Modersohn, his friend from university, and Hans am Ende, a colleague from Munich.

The very same year, delighted with the striking scenery, the excep- tional lighting conditions and the peasant idyll, they established an artists’ colony. In 1893 Fritz Overbeck followed, Heinrich Vogeler in 1894. Paula Becker, who married Otto Modersohn in 1901, joined the group in 1898 to take painting classes from Fritz Mackensen. That way Worpswede became the home of important artists of the German impressionism and expressionism. In 1895 Heinrich Voge- ler purchased the Barkenhoff, which became the heart of the artist movement in Worpswede. Their paintings quickly aroused interest in the urban art audience.

The sober rural life and the Northern German landscape also inspired writers like Manfred Hausmann, Rainer Maria Rilke and his future wife, the sculptress Clara Westhoff. Other generations of artists followed and gave distinction to the village, which became famous and renowned in the art world.