Otto Modersohn


Friedrich Wilhelm Otto Modersohn was born in 1865 in Soest, Westphalia, Germany. Modersohn is one of the great German landscape painters and a significant founding member of the Worpswede artists' colony. In 1889, he co-founded the famous artists' association with Fritz Mackensen and Hans am Ende, soon joined by Heinrich Vogeler and Fritz Overbeck.

Modersohn noted in his diary: "Wednesday, 3 July 1889, I arrived here with F. Mackensen full of anticipation. I saw almost immediately that my expectations were not deceived. I found a highly original village that made a completely strange impression on me; the hilly sandy ground in the village itself, the large moss-covered thatched roofs, and in every direction, as far as the eye could see, everything as wide and as large as by the sea."