Fröhliche Morgenfahrt by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen
Fröhliche Morgenfahrt by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen

Frohliche Morgenfahrt

Frohliche Morgenfahrt (The Return From Fishing) by German Painter Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen (1813 – 1886); a painter specializing in peasant life, family and Biblical scenes.

This is a wonderful genre scene painting depicting seven children; four girls and three boys from what may be a fishing village, as they are by the seashore where we can see fishing boats with sailors and other people tending their fishing nets by the water.

The three boys are engaged in moving a small wagon over a hill with two of the smaller boys pulling the wagon with rope and handle and the older boy pushing the wagon from the rear.

The girls on the other hand are riding the front of the wagon with what may be the oldest of the girls that is sitting on the left hand side of the wagon; pushing down on the ground with a large wooden pool to lend her support in the movement of the wagon.

On her right is the second oldest girl that is holding the youngest of the four girls in her lap; with the youngest girl holding on to the rope that is wrapped around the back of one of the boys pulling on the wagon with a handle, as though it were a pair of reins; while the third oldest girl sits behind them holding a makeshift flack made from a wooden stick and pink cloth.

In the trailing distance we can also see a mother carrying a bundle on her left arm while holding the hand of a young girl that is walking beside her as they follow the path the wagon is on.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information Below Derived from Wikipedia.org

Johann began studying art at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf) in Germany at the age of 21; which at the time was being directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow, the son of sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow; and became associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.

When he was 28 years of age he opened is own studio in Düsseldorf, where he remained until 1853; where upon he moved to Berlin, Germany as his notoriety grew and his artwork gained greater popularity.

Though Johann first began his artistic career painting Biblical scenes, his focus in later life would turn to painting genre scenes of the peasantry which focused on the everyday occurrences of popular life; in particular that of the Hessian peasantry.

After this stage of painting from life, he then began painting scenes of the deplorable condition of family life; which reflect his intense sympathy for the conditions under which the poor worked and lived; as well as scenes depicting the lives of children.

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