Fritz Overbeck und Hermine Overbeck-Rohte
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Editor(s)

Katja Pourshirazi

Author(s)

Fritz Overbeck, Hermine Overbeck-Rohte

Design

Sandy R. Eicker

Cover

Hardcover

Size

14,5 x 23 cm

Pages

760

Illustrations

30 color and 90 b/w

Language(s)

German

ISBN

978-3-96912-009-5

Release October 2020

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.

Release October 2020

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