Hans Herrmann

Kabeljau, 1883

Gemälde von Hans Herrmann, Öl auf Leinwand, 94,5 x 142 cm

Hans Herrmann (1858–1942), Kabeljau, 1883

Genre Painting
Materials Oil on canvas
Size 94,5 x 142 cm
Signature bottom right: Hans Herrmann E.a.Z. – on the back: Hans Hermann

Research status

Provenance is unclear and research continues.

From a village on the Dutch coast

When Hans Herrmann signed his painting of 1883, he added “E.a.Z.”.  This was a reference to the place of origin and the inspiration for the motif: Egmond aan Zee. Soon after graduating from the art academy in Düsseldorf, he centred his art on the lives of fishing families and flower sellers on the Dutch coast. Egmond near Amsterdam was one of his haunts. Herrmann shared this interest in the landscape and people of Dutch coastal regions with several other painters. Max Liebermann (1847–1935) had already worked there in the 1870s, and in 1906 Carl Saltzmann (1847–1923) painted his dramatic scene of the roiling Zuiderzee, now Lake Ijssel surrounded by dykes.

Detailansicht einer Signatur auf einem Gemälde

Embarkation off the Dutch Coast, Carl Saltzmann, 1906. Like Herrmann, Saltzmann was inspired by Dutch scenery.

Hans Herrmann, Kabeljau, 1883 (Back, Detail)

© Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
Postkarte mit historischer Stadtansicht

Fishing community houses in Egmond aan Zee, on an undated historical postcard

Fishing community houses in Egmond aan Zee, historical postcard, undated

© Repro: Anja Elisabeth Witte
Gemälde von Carl Saltzmann, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 171 cm

Einschiffung vor der holländischen Küste, Carl Saltzmann, 1906, Berlinische Galerie. Wie Herrmann ließ sich auch Saltzmann von der niederländischen Landschaft inspirieren.

Carl Saltzmann, Einschiffung vor der holländischen Küste, 1906

© Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen, Repro: Kai-Annett Becker

Herrmann took the painting to Düsseldorf, where he probably called it “Still Life”. No exhibitions of this early work have so far been identified. A number has been chalked in blue on the back of the frame. Whether this was done for an exhibition or prior to transportation is unclear. Equally unclear is when Herrmann changed the title to “Cod”. The painting bore this new name in 2014 when the Berlinische Galerie received it as an endowment from the Dr. Jörg Thiede Stiftung. No previous owners are known.

Rückseite eines Bilderrahmens, Detailansicht einer handschriftlichen Notiz

“No. 6” in blue chalk on the stretcher frame. It is unclear what it means.

Hans Herrmann, Kabeljau, 1883 (Back, Detail)

© Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
Rückseite eines Bilderrahmens, Detailansicht einer handschriftlichen Notiz mit Werkangaben

The words “Still Life, Hans Herrmann Düsseldorf” were written on the back by the artist.

Hans Herrmann, Kabeljau, 1883 (Back, Detail)

© Repro: Kai-Annett Becker

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