Museum Folkwang
Frühläuten
  • Carl Gustav Carus
  • Frühläuten, around 1840

  • Old German City in the First Light of Day
  • Oil on canvas
  • 100,8 x 71,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1928 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 21
  • CommentaryCarl Gustav Carus described ›Frühläuten‹ (Old German City in the First Light of Day) as a view of an »old German city in the first light of day when, between four and five, the bells are ringing and the choughs are flying round the towers.« The painting derives its atmospheric intensity from its telescoping of foreground and background. The river wending its way between the hills of the rolling countryside glimpsed beyond the rooftops can almost certainly be read as an allegory of the course of life. Thus, Carus, the Romantic who was influenced by Caspar David Friedrich between 1817 and 1827, helped usher in the more peaceable painting of early Biedermeier. Ever since 1772, when, at the sight of Strasbourg Cathedral, Goethe was moved to pen his paean to German architecture, »Von deutscher Baukunst«, not only had Gothic architecture been held in increasingly high esteem, but it had become sacred German architecture par excellence and thus a central trope of German Romanticism.
  • ProvenanceErnst Rietschel, (Bildhauer und Akademieprofessor), Leipzig
    Georg Rietschel (Theologe), Leipzig
    Haans Rietschel (Medizin, Universitätsklinik) Würzburg
    1928 spätestens, Kauf durch den Folkwang-Museumsverein, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 2,990
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Frühläuten
  • Obj_Title2_S: Old German City in the First Light of Day
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Frühläuten Old German City in the First Light of Day Frühläuten
  • Obj_Dating_S: around 1840
  • Jahr von: 1,838
  • Jahr bis: 1,843
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 21
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0021
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 100,8 x 71,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1928 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: E 001, Altbau, Sammlung 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
Commentary
Artists
Provenance

Ernst Rietschel, (Bildhauer und Akademieprofessor), Leipzig
Georg Rietschel (Theologe), Leipzig
Haans Rietschel (Medizin, Universitätsklinik) Würzburg
1928 spätestens, Kauf durch den Folkwang-Museumsverein, Museum Folkwang, Essen