"Sonnenaufgang über den Wümmewiesen (Sunrise Over the Wümme Meadows)", 1969
Watercolour on paper
Sheet: 16.9 x 25.6 in / framed 29.13 x 37.4 in
Über das Werk
In the 1960s, Christian Modersohn painted several large-format watercolours during the early hours of morning. This water-colour also originated in the immediate vicinity of his house. Painted in spring and gazing out to the east, the scene captures the still tree-flanked "Mühlenstrek", one of the many small tributaries feeding the River Wümme. We can still discern the moon crescent above in the firmament, and emerging over the horizon are the first tentative splashes of pink and orange as day begins to break. Today this landscape has changed. The course of the river, now hidden behind a dense thicket of trees, is no longer visible. Due to environmental protection measures, the meadows on either side of the river bank are longer grazed and the tree stock is being preserved. In common with his father, Christian Modersohn eschewed painting idyllic scenes or imaginary Arcadian landscapes, but confined himself to the local countryside around him. In so doing, he became a chronicler of its transformation during the cycle of seasons and across the decades of the previous century.