Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wurzburg, Bavaria, Germany - Plein Air Painting

All Saints Bridge, Wurtzburg
Crossing the Main river near the medieval town center of Wurtzburg is the 'Old Main Bridge' (Alte Mainbrücke) which now seemed to be only for foot traffic. The day I was there sketching, it was a lovely warm fall late afternoon and many locals were socializing over glasses of wine from nearby restaurants. Musician spaced themselves along the bridge providing entertainment. It was a magical afternoon and we were awed to think we were standing on a bridge built around 1500. 

Kappele Church, Wurzburg, overlooking the Main River
This Kappele Church, built in a Baroque/Rococo style, demands attention as it sits up on a hill overlooking the Main River near Wurtzburg, Bavaria, Germany. This medieval city had much of its architecturally beautiful buildings destroyed in the war. I found it interesting to learn that the rebuilding over the next twenty years was mainly done by women. They were known as 'rubble women' and rebuilt to historical accuracy.  
That afternoon I met 3 other local artists and even if we weren't able to speak each other's language well we could still communicate through viewing each other's artwork.


HollyM said...

Wow, how beautiful and how lucky you are to have visited such a place!

Watercolour and Textile Artist, Eileen Gidman said...

Yes Holly, I feel fortunate to have been able to travel there. I want to savour the memories through my artwork. I can see that in your paintings as well.

Win Dinn, Artist said...

I find it so exciting to see these snippets of your journey, Eileen - thanks for posting.

Laura Leeder said...

What a great way to spend an afternoon in this historic location. Thanks for sharing a bit of history along with these delightful paintings.