Fritz Overbeck und Hermine Overbeck-Rohte
Der Briefwechsel

Editor(s)

Katja Pourshirazi

Author(s)

Katja Pourshirazi

Design

Sandy R. Eicker

Cover

Hardcover

Size

14,5 x 23 cm

Pages

824

Illustrations

29 color, 74 b/w

Language(s)

German

ISBN

978-3-96912-009-5

Intimate Glimpses from the Marriage of Two Worpswede Artists

In the final years of the nineteenth century, numerous painters settled in the village at the foot of Weyerberg hill, followed by young women who took classes with the local artists. Fritz Overbeck (b. Bremen, 1869; d. Bröcken near Vegesack, 1909) and Hermine Overbeck-Rohte (b. Walsrode, 1869; d. Bremen, 1937) became one of Worpswede’s husband-and-wife creative duos, though their union has been less celebrated than those of Otto Modersohn and Paula Becker or Rainer Maria Rilke and Clara Westhoff. Like the stories of their more famous neighbors, theirs exemplifies life and work in the artists’ colony, but also the dogged struggle for equality in the creative professions. Yet unlike those other relationships, theirs did not break up over the conflict between art and marital life; it lasted until Fritz Overbeck’s tragic early death. In a first, this book contains virtually the entire extant correspondence between the Overbeck-Rohtes in unabridged form and with numerous annotations. Offering fresh and nuanced insight into the lives and oeuvres of its protagonists, it makes for moving and entertaining reading.

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