(n/a) Felix Schwarmstädt (German, born 1870) Der Ballraum I. Klasse der Bremen, circa 1928  35.1/2 x 51.1/2 in. (90.2 x 130.8 cm.)

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Lot 154
(n/a) Felix Schwarmstädt
(German, born 1870)
Der Ballraum I. Klasse der Bremen, circa 1928
35.1/2 x 51.1/2 in. (90.2 x 130.8 cm.)

Sold for US$ 6,100 inc. premium
(n/a) Felix Schwarmstädt (German, born 1870)
Der Ballraum I. Klasse der Bremen, circa 1928
An interior view of the 1st class ballroom on board the S.S. Bremen
signed 'Schwarmstädt' (on stretcher)
oil on canvas
35.1/2 x 51.1/2 in. (90.2 x 130.8 cm.)

Footnotes

  • Literature:

    Arnold Kludas, Die Schnellendampfer BREMEN und EUROPA, Herford:Koehler, Hamburg, 1993, PP. 145 for an illustration of this painting, and other interiors painted by Felix Schwarmstädt.

    The S.S. "Bremen" was ordered by Nord Deutscher Lloyd in 1926, and built by the new German shipbuilding company Deutsche Schiff-und Maschinenbau AG. She was the first commercial ship to be designed with the Taylor bulbous bow, and was launched on 2 August 1928 by President Paul von Hindenburg. The "Bremen", and her sister ship "Europa", were considered the most modern liners in the world, notable for their low streamlined profile, modern approach to their design, a vast departure from previous ship designs. They inspired the modern evolution of the ocean liner design, which culminated almost a decade later with the "Normandie". They were also fast, making the crossing in 5 days, allowing for a two ship service.

    The interior design of these ships needed to compliment the modern exterior to give the unified message of a "New Age" of ocean travel. Klaus Hoffman and Fridolin Mezger from Hamburg were chosen to become the head architects, and then assigned other architects and decorators for specific responsibilities such as the luxury rooms, or the smoking lounge. The architectural design for the 1st and 2nd class areas of the ship were so extensive; no less than 6 architects were given the job of designing the various public and private spaces on the ship. Nord Deutscher Lloyd also contracted notable artists to do the interior and exterior decorative embellishments on both ships. Elegance on board was key, and after the ships were completed, and had sailed from the pier, the orchestra would strike up in the 1st class ballroom under the direction of Paul Pommerenke, playing concerts, dance music for parties and galas on board. The painting by Felix Schwarmstädt depicts one of these evenings on board.
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