Curt Rabethge, Moorland With Birch Trees

Curt Rabethge, Moorland With Birch Trees

This mid-20th-century oil on canvas by German artist Curt Rabethge (1899-1974) depicts a rural view with a deep track, birch trees and barns. Rabethge enjoyed roaming the moorland of Dachauer Moos, near Munich, and spent most of the 1930s working there.

Known as a reclusive character, his career was fairly low-key and he lived in a humble dwelling close to the moors. Those that knew him described his passion for completing a work ‘in the moment’ rather than sketching, refining, and finishing in the studio. He believed in the special qualities of capturing a fleeting feeling with immediacy.

Here we see the effects of that philosophy. A rapidly constructed daub of natural tones laid down with broad marks.

Signed lower left and framed.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 22½” x 21” / 57cm x 53cm
Year of creation: c. 1940
Condition: Artwork presents well. Canvas a little undulant in places. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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