[April 1, 2009
World War I: Flanders III , “Kriegsbriefe”
At the age of over sixty, Theodor Rocholl ended his long career as a war artist taking part in the First World War. In his War Letters from the west front in Flanders, which were printed in 1916, he did not avoid describing fear and destruction. However, in the gouaches and watercolours of this propaganda publication, he conveyed the impression of belonging to the idyllists of a war who in the centres of confrontation knew nothing of green boy scout romanticism anymore. That this was not the case is revealed by a number of unpublished works in the collection of the Stadtmuseum Hofgeismar that with rare ruthlessness also depict the hardships of this war.