HELLGREWE (Rudolf). Singapore, ca. 1915,... - Lot 35 - Gros & Delettrez

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HELLGREWE (Rudolf). Singapore, ca. 1915,... - Lot 35 - Gros & Delettrez
HELLGREWE (Rudolf). Singapore, ca. 1915, lithograph, 78.5 x 107.8 cm (sheet), signature in matrix lower left: "R. Hellgrewe". Print letter: Bottom right: "Dr. A. Wünsche: Land un Leben. Serie III: Weltverkehr n° 3". Middle: "Singapur". Bottom right: "Druck und Verlag von Leutert & Schneidewind, Dresden". Created by Rudolf Hellgrewe around 1915, this impressive lithograph plunges us into the heart of the British colony of Singapore. The artist shows the vitality of this port city on a strategic axis of the Asian continent. Singapore's colonial status is immediately apparent in the presence of a white-clad settler in the foreground, giving instructions to the various workers unloading his merchandise. At the instigation of the British, Chinese and Indian workers came to populate this colony to develop trade and work on the rubber plantations. This cultural melting pot is also visible in the diversity of men's clothing that adorns this composition. Similarly, the presence of traditional boats in the foreground and modern boats in the background also testify to the history of this city-state between tradition and modernity. This large lithograph was used in schools to introduce German children to the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Rudolf Hellgrewe (October 6, 1860 - 1935) was a German landscape painter and illustrator. For many years, he taught at Berlin's Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts). He is without doubt the most famous artist in the history of the German colonies. Hellgrewe was born in Hammerstein, in the province of Prussia. He attended the Königstädtische Realschule, then the Andreas Realschule in Berlin, before studying with Eugen Bracht and Christian Wilberg at the Berliner Kunstakademie. Initially known as the painter of Brandenburg lakes and sunsets, he later became the artist par excellence of colonial representations. He took part in the colonial exhibitions of 1896 and 1907, and was one of the founding members of the Deutsches Kolonial museum (German Colonial Museum) in 1899. He was awarded the Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft (Medal for Art and Science) by the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and the honorary medal of the Geographical Society of Jena (Geographischen Gesellschaft zu Jena).
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