Willy ter Hell, Hügellandschaft


Willy ter Hell, Hügellandschaft Willy ter Hell, Hügellandschaft Willy ter Hell, Hügellandschaft


‘Blick in eine Hügellandschaft’ (‘Hill landscape’)

This is (still) the typical landscape you see, when your driving throug Germany on the Autobahn.

– condition : II
– size : 66 x 56 cm, unframed 57 x 48 cm
– signed : left under; signature difficult to read
– type : oil on board
– misc. : profesional cleaned; framed restored

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Left: Willy ter Hell, ‘Auf der Schwäbische Alp’ (‘At the Schwabian Alb’). GDK 1940, room 17. Bought by Adolf Hitler for 3.000 RM.
Right: Willy Ter Hell, ‘Landschaft aus dem Oberpfalzer Wald’ (‘Landscape of Oberpfalzer Wald’) . Exhibited in Berlin around 1937, depicted in ‘Die Kunst im Dritten Reich’, February 1938).

Willy ter Hell, ‘Sommerabend ober der Heide im Wartheland’ (‘The Heathland of Wartheland on a summer evening’). This painting of the in 1939 annexed Polish territory Wartheland (or Warthegau) was depicted in ‘Die Kunst im Deutschen Reich’, 1943. Displayed at the GDK 1943, room 4.

Left: Willy Ter Hell, ‘Westpreussische Landschaft‘ (‘Landscape of West Prussia‘). Displayed at the Grosse Münchener Kunstausstellung in the Glaspalast, 1926.
Right: Willy ter Hell, ‘Landschaft bei Winterberg in Sauerland’ (‘Landscape near Winterberg in Sauerland‘). Displayed at the Grosse Münchener Kunstausstellung in the Glaspalast, 1928.

Wilhelm Reemt ter Hell
Willy ter Hell (1883–1947), born in Norden, was the son of the famous auctioneer Jann ter Hell. Early in his childhood he started to paint and later he became a very well-known landscapist. He left his hometown at 18 years of age and went to Berlin and Dresden, where he was a pupil of H. Harder and Eugen Bracht. Between 1910 and 1925, when he was working freelance, he was decorated with several medals. In 1912, at the ‘Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung’, he received the Julius-Helfft-Preis award for the painting ‘Märkischer See’. In 1912, the same painting was exhibited at the ‘Internationale Kunstausstellung’ in Munich, where he received the Great Golden Medal. In 1914 this painting went to the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and then to the World Exhibition in San Francisco. In the same year he was commissioned to paint the entrance of the Schöneberg town hall in Berlin.
The paintings of Willy ter Hell are dominated by rich green colours and bright sunlight. His meadow pictures are the most typical, painted in several variations of different shades of green, from ultramarine and cadmium to grey. His expressive large-scale landscapes are void of people and animals.
In 1936, Willy ter Hell was represented at the XX Venice Biennale, were seven of his works were displayed. In Juni/July 1938 he displayed 3 works at the exhibition ‘NS.-Gemeinschaft KRAFT DURCH FREUDE’, Kunsthalle Hamburg, organized in co-operation with Amt Rosenberg.
Ter Hell had a number of 29 paintings hanging in the Great German Art Exhibitions, with titles like ‘Aus dem Sauerland’, ‘Vorfrühling in Franken’, ‘Schlesische Landschaft’, ‘Blick in Siergerland’, etc. In 1943 Hitler had 21 paintings from the GDK delivered to his Munich apartment in the Prinzregentestrasse. It is fair to assume that these works, which mainly comprised landscapes and still lifes by painters like Anton Müller-Wischin, Franz Xaver Wolf, Friedrich Schüz, Herman Urban, Ludwig Platzöder, Sepp Happ, Sepp Meindl ánd Willy ter Hell, were personal his favorites. Other high placed Nazi officials who bought -for prices of up to 8.000 RM- the works of Ter Hell’s were: Wilhelm Frick, Hermann Esser, Otto Meissner, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Martin Bormann, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler.
Many of his landscape paintings were destroyed during WWII. Ter Hell died in 1947 in Kassel.