Bernhard Hergarden, Mutterglück

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‘Mutterglück’ (‘Mother’s Happiness’)

Displayed at the GDK 1941 room 22.
Size 140 x 150 cm.
With original GDK sticker at the back.

In 1937, Hergarden’s picture Mother with Child (oil on canvas, 85 × 95 cm) was confiscated from the art collections of the city of Düsseldorf in the Nazi campaign ‘Degenerate Art’ and subsequently destroyed. However, Hergarden remained a member of the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts and was able to take part in the Great German Art Exhibitions in Munich with two paintings: ‘Mutterglück’ (‘Mother’s Happiness’, GDK 1941) and ‘Schaffstall vom Niederrrhein’ (‘Sheepfold in the Niederrhein’, GDK 1943, sold for 3,5000 Reichsmark).

‘Mutterglück’ by Hergarden at the GDK 1941 room 22.

– condition : III
– size : 140 x 150 cm; unframed 135 x 123 cm
– signed : right, below ‘B.Hergarden’
– type : oil on canvas

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BIOGRAPHY: BERNHARD HERGARDEN

Bernhard Hergarden, ‘Schaffstall vom Niederrrhein’ (‘Sheepfold in the Niederrhein’). GDK 1943 room 35, sold for 3,5000 Reichsmark. Size 70 x 90 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 1995.

Bernhard Hergarden, ‘Sonnenblumen’ (‘Sunflowers’). Size 66 x 55 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2022.

Bernhard Hergarden, ‘Düsseldorf im Schnee‘ (‘Düsseldorf in Snow‘). Size 64 x 77 cm. Displayed at the ‘Grosse Sauerländische Früjahrs-Ausstellung Hagen‘, 1941/42. Sold by a German auction house in 2014.

Bernhard Hergarden, ‘Heubinder auf dem Feld‘ (‘Haymakers in the Field‘). Size 53 x 65 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2024.

Bernhard Hergarden, ‘Schlittschuhläufer auf dem Düsseldorfer Hofgartenteich‘ (‘Skaters at the Hofgarten pond in Düsseldorf‘). Size 56 x 65 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2019.

Bernhard Hergarden, ‘Stilleben mit Fischen‘ (‘Still-life with Fish‘). Size 45 x 54 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2016.

Bernhard Hergarden, the ‘Chagal vom Niederrhein‘
Bernhard Emil Hergarden, born in 1880 in Geldern, was a German painter and graphiker of the ‘Düsseldorfer Schule‘. After completing an apprenticeship in 1903/04, he studied painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His teachers included Peter Janssen der Ältere, Willy Spatz, Ludwig Keller, Adolf Münzer and Eduard von Gebhardt. In 1912 he became Münzer’s master student. Hergarden painted people and landscapes, religious motifs, animals and still-lifes; due to his impressionistic style of painting and his preference for pastel tones, he was later nicknamed ‘the Chagall vom Niederrhein’.
On March 1, 1915 he was drafted as a soldier into the First World War and was wounded on June 4, 1915. He was sent to a ‘Verwundetenkompanie’ in Emmerich, where he had the opportunity to exhibit his paintings during the war. After the war he moved into a studio above the rooftops of Düsseldorf. Hergarden was a member of the ‘Malkasten Artists Association’. In 1932, he took part in the ‘Ausstellung des Kunstvereins Düsseldorf Bildnisse und Landschaften‘. In the same year he was represented at the ‘Düsseldorf – Münchener Kunstausstellung‘, in the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf.
In 1937, Hergarden’s picture Mother with Child (oil on canvas, 85 × 95 cm) was confiscated from the art collections of the city of Düsseldorf in the Nazi campaign ‘Degenerate Art’ and subsequently destroyed. However, Hergarden remained a member of the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts and was able to take part in the Great German Art Exhibitions in Munich with two paintings: ‘Mutterglück’ (‘Mother’s Happiness’, GDK 1941) and ‘Schaffstall vom Niederrrhein’ (‘Sheepfold in the Niederrhein’, GDK 1943, sold for 3,5000 Reichsmark).
After 1945, Hergarden made study trips through Europe, i.a. to the Nordics and the Mediterranean Region.
In 1946, Hergarden participated in the exhibition ’40 Jahre Bielefelder Kunst‘, Städtisches Kunsthaus Bielefeld/ Oetkerhalle, and in the ‘1. Grosse Kunstausstellung Rhein- Ruhr. Malerei, Graphik, Plastik. Sonderschau: Religiöse Kunst‘, organised by the Regierungspräsident von Arnsberg. A year later he was represented at the ‘Düsseldorfer Kunstausstellung 1947‘, Stadt Düsseldorf/ Düsseldorfer Künstlerschaft. In 1948, he took part  in the ‘II. Kunstausstellung Rhein/Ruhr. Malerei, Graphik, Plastik. Sonderschau: Religiöse Kunst‘, organised by the Regierungspräsident Fries, and a year later in the ‘Ausstellung Düsseldorfer Künstlergruppe 1949‘, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In 1950 he participated in the exhibition ‘Städtisches Kunsthaus Bielefeld 1945 – 1950. Ausstellung der Neuerwerbungen‘. In 1965 he showed his works at the exhibition ‘Düsseldorfer Maler und Bildhauer der letzten 50 Jahre‘, Kunstverein Düsseldorf. In 1966 he took part in the exhibition ‘In Memoriam Pitt Kreuzberg Gemeinschaftsausstellung‘, Bad Neuenahr.
Berhard Hergaden died in 1966 in Bad Neuenahr.
In 1985 the exhibition ‘Bernhard Hergarden: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen und Grafik‘, was organised by the Stadt-Sparkasse Düsseldorf.