"Birkengang II (Birch Lane II)", ca. 1895
Oil and tempera on paperboard
27.56 x 18.11 in / framed 33.46 x 23.62 in
Signed bottom right "F. Overbeck"
Expertise Gertrud Overbeck, December 9, 2015,
Overbeck Museum, Bremen
Freunde der Stiftung Fritz und Hermine Overbeck e.V. (Publisher),
Fritz Overbeck, Das Werkverzeichnis - Gemälde auf Leinwand,
Bremen 2008, Cat. Rais. No. 1895/6 as "Birkengang III",
colour ill. on p.10;
Registered in planned new edition
of Cat. Rais. as "Birkengang II".
- with craftsman's frame -
Über das Werk
After completing his studies in Düsseldorf, Fritz Overbeck settled in the village of Worpswede in 1893, and four years later he married his student Hermine Rothe. Together with Fritz Mackensen, Otto Modersohn, Hans am Ende, Carl Vinnen and Heinrich Vogeler, Overbeck belonged to the first group of Worpsweder artists who were later to make the village a household name in the art scene. These painters shared a deep affinity to the simple living and working environment of the countryside.
In his empathetic, usually deserted, atmospheric paintings, Fritz Overbeck captured the shifting moods and ambience of visual appeal. Who wouldn't wish to stroll down this path in the shadows cast by the sunlight on a late afternoon towards the two figures (mother and child?); immersing oneself in the atmosphere, gazing onto the moor landscape, smelling the scent and listening to the sound of the birch leaves rustling in the wind?