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Pale di San Martino – Hermanns Rudolf

COD: QM87 – 50 x 60 cm (without frame) – oil on cardboard – 1910s
Rudolf Hermanns (Cells April 17, 1860 – Hanover July 1, 1935)

BIOGRAPHY
Hermanns Rudolf was born to the actress Clara Behrens (1840-?) And the opera singer Joseph Hermanns (1818-1897). The father was famous as an opera singer in the United States. Rudolf was raised by his grandparents first in Celle and then in Hanover and here he attended the Realgymnasium.
In 1878 he began to learn the acting profession. He then switched entirely to painting without receiving any special training, remained deliberately self-taught and relied only on his great talent. Hermanns was inspired by his models, the painters Eduard Hildebrandt and Hans von Bartels.
In 1888 he moved to Munich as an independent artist. In 1898 he moved to Hanover. Here he founded a school of painting and drawing. Hermanns only became known when the Duke of Cumberland acquired two of his paintings. Later he also received public contracts and his economic situation improved. Hermann Löns was also one of his admirers and praised one of his exhibitions in 1899.

WORK
The North German plain, and in particular the Lüneburg Heath, was the landscape he preferred to paint. He was fascinated by the pure and uncontaminated landscape, like the Dolomites. Hermanns made pencil drawings of moorland motifs as the day and the seasons change and cityscapes, among others from Paris and Hanover. There are also numerous watercolors that he created over a large area. Later he also devoted himself to oil painting. Hermanns has traveled extensively. In England, Scotland, Italy and Greece, among others. He first made sketches from which the paintings in the studio were later born. Paris particularly attracted him. Here he portrayed street life in many drawings. In his autobiography, he wrote in 1918: “Despite the war and the war cries, I must admit that I must thank Paris for the most profound suggestions for my development.”

EXHIBITIONS
Berlin of 1906, great art exhibition
1907 in Düsseldorf
1912 in Hanover
In 1898/99 the Schulte Gallery in Berlin, Cologne and Düsseldorf exhibited larger collections of his works.

MUSEUMS
Bomann Museum, Celle
Albert König Museum, Unterluess
August Kestner Museum, Hannover
Historical Museum on the Hohen Ufer, Hanover
Lower Saxony State Museum Hannover