100 Years Later

Kandern- Museumsgässle

December 6, 2011. I didn't realize until today that August Macke, the well-known German expressionist, had painted this scene on Museumsgässle exactly 100 years ago. Here in Kandern, there is a walking path that takes you around the village and shows you ten scenes that the artist painted while visiting his sister who lived here with her husband at the Guesthouse Krone.

6 comments:

Rene Fijten said...

What a find. Great comparison. Ain't it a strange feeling that a well know painter like Macke stood on the same spot and looked over the same scene like you?

RobCarey said...

Yeah, it is actually. When we first moved to Germany, we lived just a few steps from this spot, in a house that was built in the 1600s, and I used to imagine all the horse and buggies that traveled down these streets, during the time before my country had even begun...

Tim Shuman said...

Hey, this looks familiar!! http://unstringingthebow.blogspot.com/2007/05/kandern-watercolor.html

RobCarey said...

Hey! That was back in 2007, back when you were first encouraging me to start drawing again, Tim. Your drawing looks like you were standing in exactly the same spot- in fact, if you follow the lines of the buildings, there is very little difference, although my church tower may be a bit farther away, and the coloring and little details are different. By the way, the dirty building there on the right is not that dirty- although this may look like the place after a long snow melt.

The Flying Tortoise said...

Great post Rob. I like Mr Macke's work too. How wonderful to live in a place with such history attached. Who else has walked those same streets I wonder...

RobCarey said...

It captures the imagination, doesn't it? These streets have been around a long time and some of these houses were here in the 1500s. There are remnants of Roman civilization here as well, but even those are not the oldest of course.