Paul Schroeter (1866-1946

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Jun 14, 2018 9:05AM

member of Munich Secession and a master in the art of drawing portraits.

Paul Schroeter
self-portrait, 1888
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A prosperous backround

Paul Schroeter was born on 26 October 1866 in Kempen in the province of Posen and grew up in Hamburg as a member of a wealthy family. He attended the Düsseldorf Academy of Art even before he was 20 years old. There he was a student of Eduard Gebhardt (1838-1925), Johann Peter Theodor Janssen (1844-1908) and Adolf Schill (1848-1911). Soon he joined the fraternity Tartarus and provided illustrations for the irregularly published journal of this student association.

Around 1893 the artist moved to Munich and began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. In Munich he joined the Allgemeine Deutsche Künstlergenossenschaft and exhibited works in the exhibition of the Münchner Künstlerhaus for the first time. Due to the public success and growing recognition among artists, Schroeter was inspired to join the Münchener Secession. He participated in the spring exhibition of the association in 1894 and in an exhibition in the following year.

Paul Schroeter
Men cutting grass, 1901
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Netherlands masters as inspiration

In the mid-1890s Schroeter made repeated study trips to Flanders and the Netherlands and concentrate on paintings of the 17th century. Especially the Dutch painting and the works of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) made a lasting impression on him. Especially in the self-portraits that Schroeter created after the study of the old Dutch, the reference to the model Rembrandt can be clearly drawn. From 1898 the artist lived in Hamburg as a freelance painter, mainly as an illustrator and sought the support of the members of the Hamburg Artists Club. In 1901 based on a recommendation of his friend Fritz Overbeck (1869-1909) Schroeter moved to the artists' colony of Worpswede, Teufelsmoor in Lower Saxony (1869-1909). The landscape there offered the artist the possibility of comprehensive nature studies, precisely because of its proximity to Dutch moor and marsh landscapes, as a kind of supplement to the impressions of Dutch art and the excursions there in the 1890s.

1904 after nearly three years in the artists' colony, he moved with his family to Bremen to become a freelance painter again. Perhaps because of the lack of success, the family moved to Berlin in 1908, where Schroeter mainly worked with portraits, painting portraits and experimenting with fast-drying paint. Also in the following years there should be no more great success and the family suffered from financial losses. Another stroke of fate struck Paul Schroeter when he lost a leg in an accident around 1914/15. The turmoil of the two world wars and the associated economic difficulties for a freelance artist contributed to the misfortune of the circumstances. In 1943 the entire property of the Paul Schroeter family was finally destroyed by a bomb attack, to which a large part of his artistic work fell victim. Three years later, Paul Schroeter died in 1946 in Linow near Berlin at the age of 80.

Benedikt Ockenfels

Paul Schroeter
Manual study
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