Sadly, this year's travel plans have been supplanted with overdue home projects, including the hanging and cataloging of my personal collection of paintings and other artwork. So this summer, in lieu of an overseas getaway, I could only gaze wistfully at framed pictures as I hung them—many of them reminding me of my favorite travel destinations (and vacations gone by). Let me share a few of them with you. Alas, this shall be the extent of my romantic journeys for Summer 2020. On the whole, I have little to complain of. In the meantime, I'll enjoy a few more "little journeys,' gazing at my pictures of my favorite places.
This early Twentieth Century oil painting shows a country field in Breslau—at the time, a part of Germany. After World War II, Breslau's greater region (called Silesia) was sub-divided, much of it being re-allocated to Poland. The Poles re-named Breslau "Wroclaw" and drove-out its German inhabitants—a massive redistribution of the population. None of the violence or heartbreak of the war or its aftermath is suggested by this otherwise placid country landscape.
The painting, by Gerhard Loch, has been signed (on back) as a wedding present for his friend, Franz Nitsche, a fellow artist (whom Loch calls "my color-friend," a painter). I bought it at a Sunday antique fair in Frankfurt; I was in Germany for my bi-annual trip to Messe Frankfurt (a European trade fair) and stumbled upon the antique fair as I crossed the old square.
I'll never know the stories this painting has witnessed—observing, silently, hanging on a wall. But I love the painting and I love the scene. I'd like to go there someday. That's what's so great about art: the people who make it, buy it or admire it will all come and go—and yet, the artwork itself can live-on as an enduring traveler through time and space.
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