Otto Modersohn - Winterlandschaft, Weg nach Surheide
Winterlandschaft, Weg nach Surheide
oil on canvas 46,8 x 64 cm OModersohn 43
Otto Modersohn succeeds in depicting the typical atmosphere of a sombre winter day in the countryside in earthy and subdued tones. A pair of figures in the painting's middle ground struggles along through the deep ruts of the snow-covered road, which is flanked on either side by bare winter trees and bushes; individual birds can be recognised in the diffusely lit sky. Barren Northern German heaths, featuring wintery weather and seen in a deep perspective, are a common motif in Modersohn's work - they are often also combined with staffage figures who go about their daily tasks regardless of the bad weather. The transparent application of paint on a very thin canvas is remarkable, nevertheless the shades of yellowish ochre, purple, blue, red and green are striking accents, set off against the shimmering turquoise background and the off-white areas reflecting brightly.
We would like to thank Rainer Noeres, Otto-Modersohn-Archive, Fischerhude, for confirmatory and additional information.
Formerly Tille Modersohn; gift from Tille Modersohn to the previous owner; North German private possession