Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 146

AUGUST F I SCHER
   ‒    
  .
Canal View, Küterwalls
fl
eeth, Hamburg
(Kanalparti, Küterwalls
fl
eeth, Hamburg)
Oil on canvas,
¾
x
⅔
in. (

x

cm)
Signed lower left: Aug. Fischer
       :
Arne Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill. p.

; Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot

, ill.
p.
.
A
ccording to an inscription on the reverse, this idyllic painting represents Küterwalls
fl
eeth at the heart
of Hamburg, a canal that continues Admiralitets
fl
eeth close to the old city wall and the Binnenalster,
and is situated about half way between the old city churches dedicated to St. Nicholas and St. Michael. We
are looking towards Alster
fl
eeth, and the tall building in the background is probably the city hall. In this part
of Europe it is the traditional custom to place the houses with their gables facing towards the street. As one
of the Hanseatic cities, Hamburg has since the Middle Ages been an important center for trade and trans-
shipment. Later, too, the city was characterised by merchants’ houses like these with space for the storage
of goods.
During World War II, Hamburg harbour and the central parts of the city were destroyed by Allied
bombing, which was at its worst in

. Rebuilding after the war meant a radical replanning of the city with
the establishment of wide streets, the
fi
lling of canals and the construction of huge o
ffi
ce blocks. Mean-
while, it seems from older maps that the houses in Küterwalls
fl
eeth were already demolished some time
before this. The name exists today as a street name.
E.F.
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