Otto Hamel (1866 Erfurt -1950 Lohr am Main)
Rathaus in Bremen
Material: Oil on panel
Dimension: 60 x 80 cm
Frame: Yes (From Conzen)
About the Artist:
Otto Hamel was born in Erfurt, the son of a decorative painter. After leaving school, he attended the Royal Erfurt School of Art, where he studied under the history painter Eduard von Hagen and Emanuel Semper. With a scholarship from the city of Erfurt, he continued his studies in Berlin under Max Koch and Franz Skarbina. In 1888 he received a state scholarship to study in Italy, and a year later he opened his first studio in Berlin. He continued his studies in Paris, where he came into contact with Impressionism. In 1890, after his return, he was appointed Professor of Decorative Painting at the School of Arts and Crafts in Hanover.
During the National Socialist era, Hamel was a member of the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts. From 1937 to 1944, with the exception of 1942, he was represented with 13 paintings at all the major German art exhibitions in Munich. Hitler and the Nazi leaders Hermann Esser, Rudolf Hess and Joachim von Ribbentrop each acquired one of these.
On the occasion of his 75th birthday, a special exhibition of his works was organized, for which Galerie H. Menges in Hanover published a publication.