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Fischerhude Journal

The unique artists village Fischerhude is situated in the North German lowlands not far away from Bremen City on a narrow flat sand dune within the Wuemme river plains at the western crossing point to the Zeven Geest uplands and at the southern edge of the Teufelsmoor moorlands. Its countryside is lended by hay meadows reaching up to the horizon and by fertile farmland, and by gallery woods along the watercourses of the Wuemme river, fanning out all the way up to Bremen.
Before the Christian era, Fischerhude was a consolidated landing stage at the Wuemme river, used as a central place of transshipment for goods to and from Bremen eastwards up to Hamburg area. That time this place was called Widagheshude. It was first mentioned documentarily in year 1124 by Pope Calixtus II, who assigning the place to the Rastede monastery as a part of the archdiocese Cologne. In addition, Bishop Giselbert of Bremen determined in 1288, that all transportation on the Wuemme river was allowed to Widagheshude people only. From 1195 up to Reformation in 1567, in Widagheshude also was a hermitage used by Carmelite monks from Cologne, who also assumed important pastoral duties for the local farmers. Around 1290, after sending colonists by the Knight of Ritterhude, the place Widagheshude was renamed in Fischerhude, obviously because of the great fish fortune especially on eels in the surrounding water arms. In addition to the transportation monopoly and the fishing fortune, Fischerhude farmers had best meadows in the surrounding pastures and productive hay harvests; and furthermore, they could use the nearby Teufelsmoor for getting wood and peat for free; and between the marshy Teufelsmoor and the wooded Geest hills they had fertile farmland for growing rye and wheat. In the subsequent centuries, Fischerhude became a very prosperous village; nevertheless, its farmers remained thrifty, God-fearing, and faithful to the Lutheran belief. In the end of the 19th Century, artists and painters moved to the idyllic Fischerhude, and the place became known as the village of tolerant farmers and open-minded artists.
This non-profit app describes in chapters the village Fischerhude, its importance to freedom of mind and freedom of art for the upright and devout villagers during latest dark times in Germany. And about the construction of the parish church, consecrated as Lutheran Liebfrauenkirche, and problems creating an own local graveyard in association with the mother-church in Wilstedt, and pictures from inside and outside of parish church in combination with audible sacred music; about traditional fishing and hunting rights and the wealth of the free Fischerhude farmers, their spoken dialect audible by the read out poem Mien Heimatort, and the practised successful ecological agriculture of today documented by pictures of the agricultural landscape. In the late 19th Century, artists fled the industrial cities and some moved to this rural village for artistic self realization, and painting impressions within non-falsified environments; since that time, Fischerhude became well known as idyllic village of farmers and artists. Up to today, artists move to the village; therefore the main part of this Journal is about recognized Fischerhude artists, described in short biographies and known paintings of them were shown. About dates of current exhibitions of art and culture in the Buthmann Hof and in the Galerie within the village Fischerhude; and dates of the cultural historical guided tours including visits to the museum Heimathaus Irmintraut and the Otto Modersohn Museum. Monthly changing seasonal pictures of the rural landscape around Fischerhude, Ottersberg, Quelkhorn and Backsberg, and pictures of beautiful spots along the Wuemme river up to St Juergen church. About the origin and the very difficult cultivation of the adjacent marshy Teufelsmoor moorland in the 18th Century up to the beautiful farmland of today. Furthermore, maps of the river lowland region and of the inside of the village itself, reference to art potteries, lists of cozy cafes, traditional restaurants, modernized hotels and of private accommodations within the artists village of Fischerhude.
This non-profit site was created for Internet in year 1996 with friendly support by Fischerhude residents, as well as by the publishing house Atelier-im-Bauernhaus in Fischerhude, the Kunstverein Fischerhude, the Otto-Modersohn-Museum and the Gemaelde-Galerie Neuenkirchen, to show the world the idyll and variety of the unique artists village Fischerhude in North Germany.
Special thanks to the descendants of Fischerhude emigrants in the United States, without their encouragement this application would not exist up to now.

Particular chapters of Fischerhude Journal:
Words by former Chancellor Schmidt,   Origin and history of the village Fischerhude,   Road links and town map,   Church history of the Lutheran Liebfrauenkirche,   Fischerhude farmers and their old traditions,   The Wuemme river lowlands,   Art potteries of Bertzbach and Craemer,   local heritage Museum Heimathaus Irmintraut,   Chamber music by Hofkonzerte music association,   Cultural-historical guided tours,   Art exhibitions in the Otto Modersohn Art Museum,   Exhibition by Kunstverein Fischerhude in Buthmanns Hof,   Art exhibition and bookstore in the Fischerhuder Gallerie,   Informal cafes with artistic ambience,   Historic restaurants with native cuisine,   Accommodations, inns, pensions, holiday apartments,   Hiking ways within and around the artist village,   Village impressions from summer time,   Seasonal calendar pictures,   Poem by Georg Hinrich Bruns: Mien Heimatort,   Pictures from environment and agriculture,   Origin and cultivation of the Teufelsmoor landscape,
Brief biographies and paintings of recognized Fischerhude artists:
Hermann Angermeyer,   Olga Bontjes van Beek,   Jan Bontjes van Beek,   Mietje Bontjes van Beek,   Cato Bontjes van Beek,   Heinrich Breling,   Amelie Breling,   Louise Modersohn-Breling,   Hans Buch,   Fritz Cobet,   Emma Eibler,   Johanna Eissler,   Marie Fritsch,   Kurt Glauber,   August Haake,   Rudolf Franz Hartogh,   Tomma Leckner,   Hans Meyboden,   Erhart Mitzlaff,   Otto Modersohn,   Christian Modersohn,   Ulrich Modersohn,   Hellmut Mueller-Celle,   Else Pauls,   Wilhelm Heinrich Rohmeyer,   Bertha Schilling,   Diedrich Speckmann,   Wolf-Dietmar Stock,   Helmuth Westhoff,   Clara Rilke-Westhoff,   Werner Zoehl,
Recommended external links:

Kunstverein Fischerhude in Buthmanns Hof eV,   Lutheran church Liebfrauenkirche,   Otto Modersohn Museum,   Puppencafe im Eichenhof,   Bellmanns traditional guesthouse,   Koerbers restaurant within historical ambience,   Visitors guide tours asscociation,   village within Ottersberg county,   reference work about the village,   graphic arts and lodging in nearby Wilstedt,   Cato Bontjes van Beek-Gymnasium in Achim,   the landscape Teufelsmoor around Worpswede,   art collection of Stade landscape society,
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