More of Hamburg

Rain again [sigh: this time last year I was in Barcelona]. No wonder there are so many arcades in this city.

I’m not sure how much British bombing raids left of Hamburg, so I don’t know what’s “authentic”. However, the footprints of the buildings often remain, as did some of the outer walls.

Things I noticed:

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This was on a building that had a sign indicating it was a Migrant Competence Centre. It was probably a coincidence: the frieze seems much older than the building’s current purpose, and I did wonder if it had been rescued from an earlier building.

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Blocky Jugendstil reminiscent of Leipzig (e.g. Specks Hof).

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Where to buy your solar topee

Then back to the Kunsthalle.

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Victor Emil Jansen, Selbstbildnis vor der Staffelei, ca. 1828, oil on paper laid on canvas. I just liked it.

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Drei Frauen in der Kirche, Wilhelm Leibl, 1878-82, oil on mahogany panel – which, I guess, accounts for the van Eyck-type detail.

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Bayerisches Mädchen, Wilhelm Leibl, 1897, oil on canvas. Such different brush strokes from the former!

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Girls on the Pier, Edvard Munch, 1901, oil on canvas. Usual Munch stuff. I sometimes feel that men needed feminism to come along as much as women.

 

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Mutter und Kind, Otto Dix, 1924, oil on canvas. Creepy, but more profound than the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner collection in the room next door.

I also made the discover, in a room of Expressionists, that no one did colour like Kandinsky.

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