‘HERMANN SPRINGBORN’ WOODLAND OIL PAINTING

Code: P88

This is one of four original paintings by Hermann Springborn(1905-1964). This is an oil on canvas in a lovely decorative wooden frame and signed to lower left. It is very well executed with the added bonus of there being four in the collection which would dress a room or two rather effectively.

Dimensions: H:58cm W:48cm D:7cm

Early to Mid 20th Century.

Condition: Some craquelure. Some losses of paint but can only tell when held up to the light. No issues at all when hung.

Background

Hermann Springborn was born on July 4,1905 in Freiburg im Breisgau. He was a German painter of landscapes, still lifes, posters, decorator and caricaturist. He is considered a representative of post-impresisionism. However, he experienced his childhood in Kempen on the Lower Rhine, where he trained as a painter. He then specialized in decorative work for festival decorations and stage sets. He also worked as a poster painter and drew caricatures for newspapers in the Lower Rhine region. He was also a dedicated cyclist and published cartoons on the subject of cycling.

In 1936 he met the Rhenish painter Max Clarenbach and soon afterwards Julius Paul Junghanns, who both recognized his talent, encouraged, supported and guided him.

At the beginning of WWII, Springborn was a soldier in the Air Force. However, in 1940 he fell ill with tuberculosis and was admitted to the Oeventrop reserve hospital, the former mission house of the missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here he began with his landscape paintings of Sauerland landscapes, which was promoted by the Oberfeldarzt Neuenzeit, who provided him with painting utensils and colours whenever possible. Springborn visited his homeland Kempen several times, sometimes for several weeks, where he put many landscapes on the Lower Rhine on canvas.

Later he was represented at the “First South Westphalian Art Exhibition of the Post-War Period”, which took place in 1945/46 in the Sauerland Museum in Arnsberg. In 1946 it was included in the “Database of Rhenish-Westphalian Artists”, catalog no. 28 added. His post-war Oeventrop workshop studio was located in the old Stemann bowling alley. He seldom painted on expensive canvas. Most of the time, the oil paints were applied to plywood or cardboard. On the occasion of various celebrations, he presented many of the pictures undried. Springborn’s paintings weren’t expensive at that time. He often exchanged them for natural produce and painting utensils, after the currency reform for German marks. Many pictures of him hang in Inns in the Sauerland.

In 1948 he met Söchtig from Meerbusch, who influenced Springborn in landscape painting and in the field of flower still lifes.

On January 13, 1964, Springborn died in Oeventrop due the late effects of his ailments. He could no longer complete his last picture, a Sauerland landscape in oil. He was married and had at least one daughter.

Four years and five months after his death, the painter Hermann Springborn received posthumous official recognition as a painter and was admitted to study at the Folkwang school in Essen.

His paintings, many of which are privately owned, hang in the Südwestfälische Galerie in Museum Holthausen; in the Kramer Museum in Kempen and in the Sauerland Museum.

  • 1930s exhibitions in the Lower Rhine region, including in Kempen,Watchendonk and Straelen
  • 1942 Exhibition in the reserve hospital Oeventrop, initiator Oberstabsarzt Dr. Modern times
  • 1943/44 participation in the “Great Westphalian Art Exhibition” in Dortmund with landscapes from the Lower Rhine and the Sauerland, still lifes with flowers and industrial landscapes
  • 1943/1944 solo exhibition in the Sauerland Museum in Arnsberg
  • 1945/1946 “First South Westphalian art exhibition of the post-war period” in the Sauerland Museum Arnsberg
  • 1949 caricature / cover picture “Who’s got the ball?” on the text “Achievement and mass sport” , ed. from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Potsdam 1949, archive of the TUS Oeventrop 1896
  • 1949 Sports caricatures for the documentation of the football matches of the TUS Oeventrop in 1896 during the first years up to 1949
  • 1950 Exhibition in the History and Museum Association Kempen am Niederrhein eV, “Art in the Kramer Museum Kempen”
  • 1951 Complete exhibition / solo exhibition in the Sauerland Museum Arnsberg
  • 1951–1957 Participation in three judged exhibitions with artists from the Sauerland – Bornemann , Neuhaus and Schwermer – in the Sauerland Museum Arnsberg, jurors: Museum director Menne from Arnsberg, museum director Nissen from Münster, museum director Leo from Bochum
  • 1970 Memorial exhibition in the Sauerland Museum Arnsberg to Franz Kornemann/ Brilon and Hermann Springborn / Oeventrop
  • 1983–1984 Joint exhibition with the Lower Rhine painter Johann  Heinrich Gillesson in the History and Museum Association Kempen eV, “Art in the Kramer Museum Kempen”
  • 1989 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his death, posthumous exhibition in the Sauerland Museum Arnsberg, publication of the catalog “Hermann Springborn 1905-1964” by Gerd Keßler / Oeventrop, Karl Jochen Schulte /Stockum/ Oeventrop. Presentation of the photo documentation Karl Jochen Schulte with over 200 photographs of the painter’s works. The documentation is in the archive of the Sauerland Museum in Arnsberg. The exhibition catalog can still be purchased there.
  • 2009 Several pictures by the Oeventrop painter are in the permanent exhibition in the “Südwestfälische Galerie Holthausen” in Schmallenberg, selected from an inventory of over 7000 works by Sauerland artists
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