Artists' biographies

Eduard Adam

Born: 1847
Died: 1929

French marine painter from Le Havre.

Prof. Ottomar Anton


Born: Dezember 15, 1895 in Hamburg
Died: 1976

The Painter and graphic artits worked in Hamburg, Cologne and Cairo. He went on several journeys. Anton designed a large number of lithographic ship portraits for all famous shipping companies in northern Germany. Furthermore he worked for the company "4711 - Kölnisch Wasser", whose today still used emblem he designed. His large complete works are mainly in private ownership and in public collections today.

Werner Anton


Born: July 5, 1902 in Hamburg
Died: 1976

Brother of Prof. Ottomar Anton. The successful Painter and graphic artits also worked as an art consultant in different industrial companies. The outcome of this were several orders from state, senate and politics, as e.g. the portrait of the former director of the Museum for the History of Hamburg, Prof. Hävernick in 1961 or works for the shipyard Blohm & Voss. His wall paintings of different shipping companies are also worth mentioning. From 1929 to 1974 he was present at numerous international exhibitions.

Carl Ludwig Bille

Born: February 20, 1815 in Copenhagen
Died: November 14, 1898 in Copenhagen

He was one of the most important Danish marine painters. His works mainly consisted of (partially romantic) ship, sea, harbour and beach paintings. He was a seaman for a long time and started to work as an autodidactic painter in 1850. Thus his paintings are characterised by a great amount of know-how in the portrayed details.
From 1855 he was the apprentice of the marine painter Carl Dahl for one year. In 1868 he got a scholarship for the academy of arts in Copenhagen.
Paintings of Carl Bille were shown at numerous exhibitions: several times at the Royal Danish academy of arts at Charlottenburg caste between 1854 and 1891; 1882, 1884, 1890 at the "Bremen Kunsthalle". Today his paintings are in museums and privately held in and out of Denmark.
Carl Bille is the father of the marine painter Vilhelm Bille andere the grandfather of painter Willy Bille.
This text is based on the German article → Carl Bille from the free encyclopedia → Wikipedia. It is available under the terms of the
Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license. A list of the authors is available at → Wikipedia.

Heinke Böhnert

Born: 1961 in Hamburg

Wind, water, waves, sails, these are the determining subjects of the painting of Heinke Böhnert. Born in Hamburg in 1961, the painter managed to point up completely new aspects from the genre of marine painting in the last years. Large-formatted impressions on the edge of abstract dissolution are created by reduced forming, determined by intense colour effects and thick application of colours. These reflect the clear and powerful temper of the artist. In her canvas works a fresh dynamic developes, reducing the view to the essential, definitely leading away from the common view of realistic sea, sailing and regatta painting determined by tradition. By the interplay of a pastose application of acrylic and concise mixed media, the poetry of the sea and also the natural power of water and wind is captured between surfacer, paper and canvas in a manifold and very vivid way. Heinke Böhnert has been sailing and painting since her early youth and has put this classic genre in a modern context by means of image conception and composition like no other painter. This makes her emerge from the genre and builds bridges to the abstraction in modern art.
Being influenced by the intense experiences on the water as a young sports participant in many international regattas, her interest in the French impressionism and the first generation of German expressionists was the trigger for her sustained interest in painting. Studies at art academies and painting trips since the 1990s made her by now inimitable style mature. It is being honoured by numerous exhibitions, especially in the USA, England, Denmark and Deutschland honoriert. After a widely noticed exhibition in the world-famous "Maritime Gallery" in Connecticut/USA, her single exhibition on the tall ship "Rickmer Rickmers" in Hamburg harbour in April 2005 was another important step in her vita. Heinke Böhnert feels connected to the sea and the North lives and works in Hamburg together with her family.

Hans Bohrdt

Born: February 11, 1857
Died: December 19, 1945 in Berlin

He was one of the favourite painters and also the painting teacher of the german emperor William II and was taken on sea journeys by him several times. His special subject was the depiction of water. For the townhall of Hamburg he created a large painting of a naval battle. Hans Bohrdt furthermore worked for Mühlmeister & Johler, an art printing shop in Hamburg and produced many samples for marine post cards

Roger Chapelet

Born: 25. September 1903 in Versailles
Died: 30. June 1995 in Montpon-Ménestérol

More information about him can be found at → Wikipedia

Hanno Edelmann

Born: November 1923 in Hamburg
Died: July 13, 2013 in Hamburg

Economically difficult years and reprisals caused by the union engagement of his father characterised the first period. While the political situation got worse and war became more and more unavoidable, Hanno Edelmann discovered his musical and artistic talents in sort of a parallel world. Violin lessons and evening classes at the university of fine arts (HBK) opened a completely new world to the young man and intensified his wish to become a painter which he also did not abandon while working in some "ordinary jobs".


His preference for the human being as a central object showed up early. The war definitely terminated the innocence of childhood: the 17 year old was drafted and sent to France for a radio operator training. Even here he painted the people around him in various every day situations in every free minute he had.
In 1943 he was sent to the east front and captured by the red army. Four years full of privations followed for him being prisoner in a Siberian camp. But even there he found a way to aquire drawing equipment and to spend time creating portraits and studies about other prisoners and wardens.


Back in Hamburg the now 25 year old started studying the HBK. Here he met the art student Erika Estag who he married in 1953. The postwar period was also a time of privation for the family, even more, as professional concessions never came into question. The birth of his two sons, travelling abroad to Spain and Greece mark decisive steps in both of their lives. The fincancial backbone was formed by book illustrations and a series of orders to design church windows, e.g. the ones of the Martin Luther church in Hamburg.
Despite the material difficulties, the painter and his wife, as well as their son Michael lateron, never challanged the fact of being artits. Rather without painting, even one single day not at the easel, Hanno Edelmann could not exist. Passionate, almost manic, this man painted in watercolours, lithographed and sculpted regardless of being over 80 years old. Caused by the childhood or war experiences - his central motive was the human being, his technique the graphical-figurative painting, which he always stuck to from the beginning and also during the "abstraction delusion" of the 1950ies and 1960ies.


Hanno Edelmann - an uncompromising and passionate artist which can be found only seldomly today.
Additional information about him can be found at his website www.hannoedelmann.de (only in German).

Viggo Fauerholt

Born: 1832 in Copenhagen
Died: August 7, 1883 in Dusseldorf

He completed his studies at the academy of arts in Copenhagen from 1846 bis 1852 and established himself as a marine painter in the tradition of C. W. Eckersberg. He oriented himself increasingly to non-scandinavian european painting.
From 1854 to 1867 he exhibited his sea paintings at castle Charlottenburg (Berlin, Germany). In 1857 he won the Neuhausen award. Prolongating one of his travel grants from 1865 until his death he stayed in Dusseldorf from where he took short trips to Denmark, Sweden and Holland.
Fauerholt is known for his style of romanticizing realism close to the on of Dusseldorf's marine Painting. Aside form sea paintings he also painted a series von landscapes in the Rhine area which he exhibited in Copenhagen. Most likely due to the Danish antipathy against German painting after the Prussian-Danish war of 1864 he exhibited his works in Stockhold from 1870 to 1875.

Arnold Fiedler

Born: March 1, 1900
Died: March 6, 1985

Unfortunately no detailed information is available.

Wilhelm Frahm-Pauli

Born: 14. März 1879 in Hamburg
Died: 18. März 1960 in Hamburg

Wilhelm Frahm was born in the middle of Hamburg-St. Pauli. His parents were simple innkeepers. He decided to become a painter as a pupil already. With energy and assiduity he pursued his goal. At first he studied at the arts and crafts school in Hamburg and then continued his studies at the art academy in Kassel with the help of a commendatory letter of the director of the Hamburg Kunsthalle at that time. Afterwards he was a student in the master-class of prof. Knackfuß.


Soon his opinionated unique style found appreciation. His main work from the Kassel era was created in 1904: "the tailor's workshop". Exhibitions and awards followed. From now on he called himself Frahm-Pauli for a better distinction from other painters with the same name. He derived the name affix from his place of birth. In terms of his art as well as in his private life Frahm-Pauli remained a misfit throughout his whole life. He did not adapt to the common style and art conventions and only painted what he himself respected and honoured: the working people of his home in northern Germany.


His depictions strongly remind of the famous French realists of the 19th century. He stuck to his unmistakable, powerful but also sensitive way of painting throughout his whole life. Without any doubt, Frahm-Pauli's works belong to the most important testimonies to Hamburg painting of the early 20th century. His long considered lost estate was rediscovered by chance in 1988 and exhibited shortly afterwards.


Some of his children's paintings strongly remind of Paula Modersohn-Becker: verifiably Frahm-Pauli spent some time of his life in Worpswede.

Heinrich Gätke

Born: 19 May or 19 March 1814 in Pritzwalk
Died: 1 January 1897 in Heligoland

More information about him can be found at → Wikipedia

Sylvia Goebel

Born: 1952 in Cologne

Sylvia Goebel lives as as a freelance artist in Hamburg since 1986. Before that she completed study visits in Cambridge and Lausanne. From 1974 to 1977 she lived in a Kibbuz in Israel and studied at the academy of arts Bezaleel Jerusalem.


At first her paintings appear to be puristic, almost minimalistic, nevertheless they are impulsive and formally seem to jump towards the viewer and demand his complete attention. On the other hand her paintings radiate out a great calmness and balance - a sure sign for the artist's intuition for colours, shapes und picture rhythm.


The works of the internationally working and acknowledged artist can be seen in numerous national and international single exhibitions.

Erich Grandeit

Born: 1915 in Magdeburg
Died: February 3, 2001 in Hamburg

Erich Grandeit was a German painter, illustrator, graphic artist and stage designer. He worked in Hamburg since 1933, especially at the Schiller Opera in Altona.


During the war he retreated in private life since his mother was Jewish, but was also drafted for war and flak service.
After the end of the Second World War he dedicated himself intensively to stage design and free arts until old age. From 1953 to 1962 he was a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.


Grandeit is considered a representative of realism and of the "new objectivity". He belongs to the generation of objectively working artists that received only very few reception for their works in the postwar period dominated by abstract painting für ihre Malerei fanden.


His estate is administered by the "Hamburg Theatre Collection".

Willem Grimm

Born: Mai 2, 1904 in Eberstadt near Darmstadt
Died: 1986 in Hamburg

From 1919 to 1921 he attended the class of Rudolf Koch at the Applied Arts College in Offenbach and the Debschitz School of Carl Caspar in Munich in 1922.


Afterwards he created block prints for Walter Hollander in Worpswede. In 1924 he became a professional praline box designer for the Armbruster company in Bergedorf near Hamburg.
Lateron he studied at the State Art School under Willi Titze upon recommendation of Dr Rosa Schapires.


During 1926 he visited Karl Schmidt-Rottluff in Berlin. In 1926 and 1929 he stayed in Paris, started participating in the "Hamburg Secession" and in a studio in Hartwiccus Street. In 1929 he also founded the "Brothers Grimm Association", supported by the collector Emmi Ruben. In 1930 and 1931 he received a teaching assignment at the State Art School and travelled to Italy in 1931 with Ruwoldt and Kluth. In 1933 he had a studio at the Ohlendorff House and was on Sylt every year since 1934.


He took a study trip to Norway with Kluth as well as trips to Denmark and Basle, into the Alps and to Sweden.
In 1937 he married Käthe Franck and had two children with her (Michael and Kathrin). Five of his works were removed from the "Hamburg Art Hall" for being "degenerated art", another one in Husum. After that he completed an agricultural apprenticeship at the "Barkenhoff" in Worpswede.


In 1939 he returned to Hamburg with his family and was on duty during the Second World War as an ammunition guard in Hamburg-Rissen. From 1945 to 1969 he worked as a teacher (professor) for liberal painting at the Arts Academy in Hamburg. In 1959 he received the Edwin-Scharff-Award. In 1963 he married for the second time, the painter Margret Thiemann. In 1967 he worked at the "Villa Massimo" in Rome.

Herbert Grunwaldt

Born: 1928 in Bunzlau


From 1952 to 1957 he studied at the university of fine arts in Hamburg under Willy Titze, Willem Grimm and Alfred Mahlau
Since the 1950s, the works of Herbert Grunwaldt were presented in several exhibitions.


He became famous especially for his etchings. His preferred topic is nature, especially in the Baltic Sea area. His formulated artistic effort is the the "surreal romanticism" and the "dream in clear drawing".

Elke Hecht

Born: 1930


Autobiograph:
Being a skilled goldsmith, I completed my artistic education with studies at the university of applied sciences für design. Since I repetitively took study trips to the Mediterranean area the influence of light and colours was inevidable. The southern impressions are again and again reflected in my watercolours and tempera works.


Being asked for the concept in my oil paintings I have to say: "at the beginning I barely have one". I am being drawn into the painting by the first strokes of the brush on the canvas. I let it grow and myself discover how a metamorphosis into what I want to express slowly takes place.


To an increasing degree I am fascinated by the decomposition of solid forms into the abstract. Since 1976 I have been a member of the professional organisation of visual artists in Hamburg. Works in private ownership in: USA, Chile, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Libanon and Germany.

Horst Heckroth

Born: 1953


Horst Heckroth, born in 1953, successfully completed studies in economics as well as business and administration in Gießen and Trier. After a promising career at the sales departments of famous internationally working computer and networking manufacturers he has been a freelance consultant for more than 15 years now. Horst Heckroth has been a photographer since 1960 and conducts this activity on a semiprofessional level since 2002. Aside from autodidactic education he continuously improves his skills and knowledge in numerous seminars and workshops of leading photographers like e.g. Oliver Gietl and Sergei Novozhilov.


By his move to Hamburg Horst Heckroth was able to make a long-held wish come true: turning maritime visions into photographic depictions. The photographs from Hamburg harbour are the first results.


Aside from the technological motives of the harbour Horst Heckroth has dedicated himself to street and people photography. Romantic dreamy photographs are as important to him as reality based, even cynic-sarcastic depictions of what he has seen. The field of tension between the beatiful and the good photograph, between the pleasing and the provoking photograph is the area where Horst Heckroth's work is based.


Artistic models of Horst Heckroth are Helmut Newton and Hein Heckroth: Helmut Newton's provoking perception of fashion and model, of dissoluteness and business; Hein Heckroth's staunch view of the world as well as his talent to skilfully handle camera and paint brush at the same time.

Johannes Holst

Born: October 22, 1880 in Hamburg-Altenwerder
Died: July 5, 1965 in Hamburg


Being influenced by the profession of his father - he was a skipper - and by the closeness to Elbe and sea, he became interested in shipping at an early age already.


He completed an apprenticeship as an ornamental painter at the studio of Julius and Hinrich Lüdders who were respected ship portraits' painters already at that time. Being his masters, they had great influence on his later producing.


At first he painted fishing boats, his later works depict sailing ships and steamers on the high seas. Stormy atmospheres at sea are characteristical for his paintings. Holst created works of very high quality and a realistic manner of painting. The ships painted by him show every detail. The water is also depicted very realistically by him.


Holst was a very active artist and was tasked by many shipowners to paint portraits of their ships because of his high quality works. Portraits of sailing ships, for the shipping company F. Laeisz in Hamburg et al., form the main part of his complete works that consists of about 1000 paintings. The paintings of Holst are especially valued and traded a lot in northern Germany.

William John Huggins

Born: 1781
Died: 1845

The well-known and valued British marine painter was a sailor at the East India Company before he started painting in 1815.
His paintings mainly show ship portraits but also war ships, sea battles, coast lines and harbour scenes. He was also inspired by his travels to China and India during his time as a sailor. Thus his works also contain magnificent portraits of sailing ships of the East India Company and other bigger merchant ships.


His paintings are well-balanced compositions with numerous other ships and distant coast lines in the background. As a former sailor he was able to depict the ships and exotisc coast lines very realistically due to his own experiences. Huggins preferred big oil paintings on canvas but also created less big oil paintings and a few water colours.


Huggins was a court painter at the British royal court and his works were exhibited at the "London Royal Academy" since 1817 and at the "Britisch Institute" since 1825.
Today his works are rarely sold and are sought-after by art collectors around the world.

Antonio Jacobsen

Born: 1850 in Copenhagen
Died: 1921 in Hoboken (New Jersey / USA)

He was born in Copenhagen an studied there at the Royal Academy in 1871. In the same year he fled the Franco-Prussian war to New York. There he was commissioned by Old Dominion Line Vessels in 1876 and Morgan Line Steamers in 1877.

Horst Janssen

Born: November 14, 1929 in Hamburg
Died: August 31, 1995

Everything about him can be found on the website of the Horst Janssen museum: → www.horst-janssen-museum.de

Patrick von Kalckreuth

Born: August 7, 1898 in Kiel
Died: 1970 in Starnberg

He mostly lived and painted in Dusseldorf and Berlin. But his motives were also inspired by the North Sea.


Kalckreuth was a landscape and marine painter and became famous for his oil paintings dealing with breakers and the sea. He is considered a master of seascapes and wanted to depict the waves and the sky in a special light.

Luigi Kasimir

Born: April 18, 1881 in Pettau (today: Ptuj, Slovenia)
Died: 1962

The graphic artist studied at the general painting school of the Vienna academy under Siegmund L'Allemand from 1900 to 1905 and was an extraordinary student at the graphical education and research centre in Vienna.


In 1905 he debuted at the Vienna house of artists with small water colour vedutas before he started his first attempts as a graphic artist in 1908 under under guidance of Leo Diets at the school of applied arts in Graz. At first he stopped doing graphics again since there was no copper printer in Graz at that time. In 1902 and 1903 he attempted to etch some plates with friends but only the experiments at the graphical education and research centre together with Emil Singer lead to success.


Before he was influenced by nordic artists like Zorn or von Kalckreuth, his style consisted of transforming the art of Rudolph von Alts art into graphics.


On August 31, 1911, he married the etcher Tanna Hoernes who also influenced his style.


Kasimir belonged to the most active and well-known graphic artists of Austria and is especially known for his city vedutas. In his works he mostly depicted Vienna during the monarchy era and the interwar period in a turn-of-the-century style. A. F. Seligmann described his style as follows: "A special characteristic of his vedutas is the extremely discrete use of colours. For the most part there are only slight nuances, a weak green, blue, brown forming the basic tint, variegated by some more powerful but very economically used yellow or red inks, still striking a full chord, almost creating the impression of a painting."

Alfred Klosowski

Born: 1927 in Hamburg

Unfortunately no detailed information is available.

Diether Kressel

Born: 1925 in Dusseldorf

Unfortunately no detailed information is available.

Fritz Kronenberg

Born: Dezember 13, 1901 in Cologne
Died: April 4, 1960 in Hamburg

Unfortunately no detailed information is available.

Heinrich Leitner

Born: Oktober 7, 1842 in Vienna
Died: Dezember 18, 1913 in Hamburg

He worked as a merchant seaman for 8 years before he was a student in the master class of A. Melbye in Hamburg from 1864 to 1869. He repeatedly took study trips to Italy, Greece, Turkey, South America and Scandinavia.


The "Hamburger Kunsthalle" exhibits 9 charcoal drawings of Leitner.

Uwe Lütgen

Born: 1944 in Hamburg

Uwe Lütgen has been working as a freelance marine painter in Hamburg for 30 years. Aside from oil painting he is also interested in other artistically challanging techniques like reverse glass painting and china painting. Though the main focus of his works is on sometimes large-sized oil paintings of yachts and regatta scenes in the tradition of historical marine painting. His paintings are appreciated and have found friends worldwide.


Born in 1944 he developed a "disposition towards the sea" already in his youner years. At age 15 he went to sea on a Finkenwerder fishing boat. Fishing trips in the North Sea. His parents wanted to sponsor his talents and sent him to an apprenticeship for scene and theatre painting to the only studio for film, stage and exhibition stand construction in town. After three and a half year Uwe Lütgen completed the apprenticeship as valedictorian and was immediately hired by the "Deutsches Schauspielhaus" as a scene painter.


After eight years of scene painting he became a freelance artist. Doing restoration work, Uwe Lütgen discovered his passion for antiques. Since he does everything he does with consistency he completed a two year volontary apprenticeship as a restorer at the Museum of Hamburg History. Completing the order of the "Norddeutscher Regatta Verein" restoring and copying the famous painting of the schooner "Hamburg" crossing the Atlantic, painted in 1908 by Schnars-Alquist he found his way to marine painting. Doing more restorations of works of old masters Uwe Lütgen also learned about their painting techniques.


Although Uwe Lütgen did not dare to introduce changes in style in his painting he still brought a breath of fresh air to the profoundly standardized world of marine paintings by stylistic means. He does not lock the yachts into position completely with topmast and tackle, from stem to stern, painted in oil. He e.g. rather chooses the perspecive from the forecastle of the "Meteor IV" in view of the crew sitting on deck with other yachts in the background: "The lines quasi leaving the frame and the people simply bring action into the paintings."


Uwe Lütgen has customers all around the world: contractors from Holland, Scandinavia and the USA, shipping and insurance companies, the "Deutsches Museum" ("German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology") in Munich, collectors and orderers of portraits. He also created captains' cups that were presented as gifts to the German presidents Richard von Weizäcker at the "Sail '86" and Roman von Herzog at the "Sail '95". In 1992 Uwe Lütgen was awarded the first prize of the marine painters at the glamourous bathing resort Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.

John Henry Mohrmann

Born: 16. December 1857 in Estebrügge
Died: 22 February 1916 in Bloomsbury (Canada)

John Henry Mohrmann was an American-Belgian-Canadian painter, specialized in ship portraits.


He was born as Johann Hinrich Mohrmann in Estebrügge near Hannover as the son of Henry Mohrmann and Anna Meyer. When he was two years old his family emigrated to San Francisco. His father was a magistrate in Oakland. His mother died when he was ten years old. On 7 May 1886 he married Juana Meyer from Fray Bentos in Uruguay. Between 1888 and 1908 they had seven children together.


Mohrmann was a vagrant sailor who knew how to successfully combine a maritime career with an artistic talent. The combination of his maritime and artistic knowledge made him a major ship portraitist, a painter commissioned by shipowners, captains, shipbuilders and maritime companies to paint portraits of real ships.


Mohrmann grew up in contact with the sea through the ships in the harbour of San Francisco. In 1870 he ran away from home and signed on as a cabin boy on a sailing ship. He was a sailor for 18 years and painted casually. He also was a zealous reader and finally spoke six languages.


Together with an italian friend he spent a year in Kassel. There they learned the profession of a set painter and created murals in a church. They also worked together as restaurators of paintings in Great Britain. When they ran out of money Mohrmann decided to become a sailor again.


In 1883 Mohrmann lived in Ekeren, afterwards in the centre of Antwerp, but he soon moved to a home close to the harbour. There he must have received further artistic education since he set up a studio and trained himself i.a. in portraiture, landscape painting, stage set painting and ship portraiture. In fact only one portrait by him is known, a self-portrait from 1885 he created for his parents-in-law in Uruguay to show them he could provide for his future wife with his art. He even returned to Antwerp again after his marriage in 1886. In 1901 he finally settled down in his "Villa Juana" in Hoboken.
Though he also painted numerous landscapes it is his ship portraits that are most loved by his audience. He himself attributed a not too high artistic value to these paintings but they guaranteed him a good income. The amount of detail in his paintings always depended on how much the buyer was willing to pay. The number of his works could be much higher but he only started a new painting when he felt like it or when he was short of money.


He was not shy about money and debts, frolic in dealing with potential customers, jovial and good family man. He spoke several languages and was an autodidact portraitist. Since 1888 he was a member of the Masonic Lodge "A.L. Elèves de Thémis".
In early 1913, shortly before the outbreak of World War I, Mohrmann moved to Barrhead, Alberta (Canada) with his family. His two eldest sons hed left a year early already to prepare the arrival of the family. But when he came there the house had not been built. Life was hard and the family suffered from the permanent shortage of money. Soon he regretted his move and seeked for work, also in Minnesota in the USA. The hard work and the harsh climate had an adverse effect on his health. He created a few paintings but could not find an audience for them. He died in his house in Bloomsbury on 22 February 1916 of pneumonia and a weakened heart, full of nostalgia for his former life in Antwerp.


Mohrmann earned his greatest merits as a ship portraitist. The majority of his most productive works is from the time after 1890, though his first work dates from the year 1885: the self-portrait. By the end of 2013 more than 470 works of him were known. About 32 of them are family owned, more than 120 can be found in different (maritime) museums, some are owned by merchants and the rest is in private ownership. In Germany some of his paintings are found in the Werder Collection, in the collection of Prof. T. Siersdorfer in Essen (8 pieces) and in (former) shipping companies, i.a. in the Sloman Neptun-Schiffahrts AG in Bremen (5 pieces) and in the former A. Kirsten-Reederei in Hamburg. In Belgium 13 paintings are owned by the Compagnie Maritime Belge. His paintings are still frequently sold at auctions, mostly in Germany and Belgium.


In Antwerp Mohrmann received orders by captains and other people from the maritime environment of almost all seafaring nations that visited the city on the river Schelde. Mohrmann used photography as an aid in his work. Together with Jacobsen, Semple and many others, Mohrmann belongs to the best ship portraitists painting in oil technique. With him this seafaring tradition reached a last peak in Antwerp. Afterwards this task was taken over entirely by photography. Without any doubt his meticulous paintings have an invaluable maritime historical value. Most of his paintings have a size of 60 x 100 cm and achieve high prices at recent auctions.


This text is based on the Dutch article → John Henry Mohrmann from the free encyclopedia → Wikipedia. It is available under the terms of the → Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license. A list of the authors is available at → Wikipedia.

Fred Müller

Born: 1933 in Bad Dürrenberg
Died: 2013 in Hamburg

He was born into a family of painters. His father and his grandfather also were successful painters Großvater. One of the most famous marine painters in Germany.


He went to sea at the age of 14 already and worked in that profession for 20 years until he survived the foundering of a ship in the English Channel. In respect of his family he became a technical supervisor for the government safety organisation at Hamburg harbour where he supervised the loading and unloading of the ships. At that time he also started painting and became more and more successful. He completed contract works for customers from all around the world.


His harbour views and ship paintings in naturalistic tradition are very popular. His paintings are characterised by their special luminance and technically perfect motifs. He himself called Claus Bergen, Hans Bohrdt and Johannes Holst amongst others to be his role models.

Karel Novosad

Born: 19. Januar 1944 in Prag
Died: 2008

He studied arts and graphics and eked out a living doing several different jobs. From 1968 to 1974 he studied at the academy of fine arts in Hamburg- Lerchenfeld under prof. Almir Mavignier.


His first exhibition was at the "Young Gallery" in Prague in 1967. Since then his works were shown in several exhibitions, e.g.: Kunsthaus Hamburg, Art Cologne, Studio Gemini, Kunstallee Hamburg, Galerie Teufel Cologne + Koblenz, Hamburg Speicherstadt, Meridian Galerie, Galerie Wilbrandt. Works of him in public ownership: Museum für konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg.


He lived and painted in Hamburg-St. Georg.

Rudolf L. Reiter

Born: June 24, 1944 in Erding near Munich

Rudolf Reiter was a student at the Typographic Technical College in Munich and completed an apprenticeship to become a "Schweizer Degen" (i.e. he learned about printing craft and composing). He was a master-class student of the painter an graphic artist Hans Spranger in Munich. There he also worked as a layout man and graphic artist. He is considered the most important German representative of the beginning romantic modernism and is a member of the association for the protection of visual artists in Munich.


As a freelance artist he lives and works in his studios in Erding near Munich, New York (USA) and Hamaroy (Norway). At first he created his cycle "Lichtfelder" ("light fields"), afterwards "Bevölkerte Seelen" ("populated souls") which was the beginning of informal painting for him. In 1995 he started the landscape installation "Zeit der Wiederkehr" ("time of the return") and afterwards finished his altarpieces called "Genesis/Apokalypse". In addition to "Zeit der Wiederkehr" an art action took place in Miami, Florida.


Rudolf Reiter was awarded the Steuben medal for German-American art exchange, is an honorary member of the Hamsung society Hamaroy (Norway) and received the cultural award of the Erding district. Furthermore he works as a lecturer of the "Europäische Akademie Institut Kunst Monschau-Aachen" ("European academy institute art Monschau-Aachen").

Amelie Ruths

Born: 1871 in Hamburg
Died: 1956 in Hamburg

Unfortunately no detailed information is available.

Prof. Armin Sandig

Born: 1929 in Hof/Saale

He is an autodidact painter and graphic artist. His works have been acknowledged with several prizes: e.g. he received the "Lichtwark scholarship" in 1960, the "Edwin Scharff prize" in 1972 and the "Friedrich-Baur-Preis für Bildende Kunst der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste, München" ("Friedrich Baur prize for fine arts of the Bavarian academy of fine arts") in 1992.


Armin Sandig's works can be found in public collections in the USA, the Netherlands and also in all famous museums of Germany like the "Städel'sche Kunstsammlung Frankfurt am Main" ("Städel's art collection Frankfurt on the Main") or the "Staatsgalerie Stuttgart" ("Stuttgat print collection"). Since 1972 he is a regular member of the "Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg" ("Free Academy of Arts Hamburg") and their president since 1980. He was awarded an honorary professorship by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in 1989. In recognition of his work Armin Sandig was awarded the "Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande" ("German Merit Cross on Ribbon") in 2002.

Hans Sperschneider

Born: 1928
Died: 1995

The painter and graphic artist studied for some semesters under Erwin Hahs at the art school Burg Giebichenstein in Halle together with his wife. His inner connection to Halle and his friendship to it influenced his art style. Furthermore he was influenced by his Hahs, Walter Reise and Karl Kluth. Via Berlin he came to Hamburg and lived there since 1955 as a freelance artist.


In his early years he mostly painted figure paintings, cityscapes, portraits and still lifes. He became a marine artist at a later time and created watercolours, colour etchings, oil and tempera paintings. In contrast to his earlier works these are characterised by a minimum of colours and the motives being reduced to the essential. Furthermore people are not part of them any more. The paintings radiate calmness. This group of paintings mostly consists of marine landscapes of the German and Danish Baltic Sea islands and coasts.

Karl Heinz Schrader

Born: May 29, 1925 in Hamburg-Altona
Died: 2012

He had been interested in marine painting since his early youth. His special subject were atmospheres at the sea. His style was also influenced by his good relationships to prof. Battermann (Hamburg-Othmarschen), Helmuth Clausen (Timmendorfer Strand) and to the famous marine painter Johannes Holst.


Since 1987 he was present at the "hanseboot"-Ausstellung every year, since 1995 at the "Sylter Gemälde-Cabinett Paul Adelhoch" and the "Klostergalerie" in Fürstenfeldbruck.

Kerstin Strack

Born: 1968

Kerstin Strack, born in 1968, successfully completed her apprenticeship in office management. After her marriage and the birth of her two children shortly afterwards Kerstin Strack concentrated on her artistic activity which had inspired her and challanged her fantasy since early youth already: painting. She picked up the paint brush again and brought the images developing in her head to the canvas.


But it was not enough for her to simply continue with the skills from her youth. In 2003 she was practically and theoretically supported professionally by the studio Wagener in Wilnsdorf. This incentive quickened Kerstin Strack, her paintings received the continuity she needed to be able to develope her own style.


Visits to the workshops at the art gallery Siegen and further training with Günther Thibaut and Marion Berger lead to her recent works. These express her likings in painting: abstract painting, physical modeling, collages and experiments with various materials.


In 2007 and 2008 painting took Kerstin Strack to Hamburg several times where she visited exhibitions and and found inspiration in several galleries. But she also opened up for the city of Hamburg, its multifaceted culture and the people living here. How could it have ended any different than Kerstin Strack becoming infected by the "Hamburg virus" and moving to the western suburbs of Hamburg close to the river Elbe in 2009?

Peter Suhr

Born: June 17, 1788 in Hamburg
Died: September 20, 1857 in Hamburg

Being a co-worker of his brothers Christoph(er) and Cornelius, the watercolourist, lithographer and etcher drew numerous views of old Hamburg between 1805 und 1857 that are considered interesting in terms of art history and topography. He published them in three parts in 1838 and 1850 titled "Hamburgs Vergangenheit in bildlichen Darstellungen" ("Hamburg's past in visual depiction"). One part of them deals with the time before 1800. Most of them show Hamburg in the first half of the 19th century and by that also report on two important events in the history of the city: the so-called "Franzosenzeit" ("French era") from 1806 to 1814 and the large fire of 1842.

Carolin Wehrmann

Born: August 2, 1959 in Kempen/Lower Rhine

Everything about her can be found on her website: → http://www.portraet.de

Wolfgang Werkmeister

Born: 1941 in Berlin

Wolfgang Werkmeister studied in Stuttgart under prof. Gunter Böhmer from 1960 to 1964. In 1965 he attended the Hamburg academy of fine arts under prof. Wilhelm M. Busch and prof. Siegfried Oelke. From 1966 to 1968 he worked as a newspaper illustrator, from 1972 to 1973 he was a lecturer at the Hamburg academy of fine arts. Since then he lives as a freelance artist in Hamburg but he also travelled as far as Island and New Zealand.


The first big exhibition of etchings by Werkmeister took place at the "Lichtenberger Sommergalerie" (Fischbachtal/Odenwald) in 1979 under the direction ot the gallery Böhler. Since that time the gallery Böhler has been exhibiting his works several times in single exhibitions in the region and also in Bensheim and Seeheim-Jugenheim. In 1982 an extensive presentation took place at the "Haus am Tannenberg". In 1991 it was exceeded by an exhibition of 200 etchings at castle Lichtenberg and in 1996 by another extensive exhibition at the Lufthansa education centre in Seeheim.

G. West

Born: in Rostock

He was born as the son of an antiques dealer in Rostock and studied philosophy, educational science and art history at Hamburg university as well as free painting at the state art academy in Hamburg. In 1949 he passed his state exam and worked as a teacher from 1950 to 1952.


In the following time he was a freelance artist and restorer in Wedel/Holstein until 1964. He returned to the profession of a teacher from 1964 to 1985 in Wedel and took several trips at home and abroad.


During that hime his works were exhibited e.g. in Hamburg, Büsum, Schenefeld, Pinneberg, Wedel and Ratzeburg. In 1993 he received the "Fritz Reuter Medal" .

Carsten Westphal

Born: April 2, 1963 in Hamburg

From 1981 to 1982 he learned watercolour techniques from the Hamburg painter Peter Lübbers. In 1983 he created his first large-sized acrylic on canvas works. Between 1986 and 1994 he studied classical archaeology, took part in several excavations and spent time abroad, e.g. in Italy, Greece, France, the USA and the USSR. He graduated as Magister Artium. In 1994 he worked for the "Milchstraßenverlag" (a publishing company in Hamburg) and from 1995 to 1996 for the advertising agency LINTAS.


Since 1996 he is a freelance artist and also had his first single exhibition in that year. Since then he was present at numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, among them over 100 single exhibitions. From 1996 to 1999 he was part of the "Ateliergemeinschaft Rambachstraße" in Hamburg and has his own studio there since 1999.


In 2003 he started the "Künstlergarten" ("artists' garden"), an annual art event in Hamburg. Since 2003 he went on expeditions to the deserts of the world, e.g. to the Sahara (Egypt, Libya, Tunesia, Marocco), the Sinai (Egypt), the a Arabian deserts (Syria, Jordan), Capo Verde (Boavista, Sal) and Thar (India).


He also works as a lecturer in France, Germany, Italy and Austria and gives art seminars on watercolour and acrylic mixed media techniques. Since 2010 he also gives slide-illustrated lectures on his travels to the deserts.

H. P. Wirsing

Born: 1938 in Glückstadt

He has been drawing and sailing from an early age and studied at art schools in Hamburg, at first at Alsterdamm then at Lerchenfeld.


He works as a commercial artist and says about his profession: "Advertisement forces the graphic artist to put something in a nutshell." His motto as an artist "Wut tut gut" ("Anger does me good") is connected to the fact the he does not only feel connected to the sea and old beatiful ships but also to the environment. He critcises it's increasing destruction. That is why he got actively involved with the organisation "Greenpeace".


In 1980 he found his second home in Sintra/Portugal.


His style can be described as "like the old masters". He permanently trains himself by drawing and looks at the works of famous Dutch masters to improve his vision.