Eugen Dekkert – Museum Atelier

Eugen Dekkert was born on August 21st 1865 in Szczecin. His father, Hermann, a wholesaler, educated his son in trading in, among others, England. However, as early, as in Szczecin St. Mary's Secondary School, young Eugen took drawing classes from a renown painter – August Ludwig Most.

He developed his interest in art as late, as in 1890s., studying at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich by Theodor Hummel, a landscape painter experimenting with impressionism and expressionism. There he got fascinated with Scottish group named Glasgow Boys, grown from naturalism and British realism, bearing visible influence of French impressionism. In 1899 he continued his studies at School of Art in Glasgow. Scottish painting with subtle shadows of humid air and foggy lanscapes determined his early output. The landscapes of Scotland and Northern England brought his first success and appreciation. 

Even during his lifetime, Dekkert was one of the most renown Szczecin landscape painters. As a tribute to his artistic work, Stadt Museum Stettin awarded him an atelier in the buildiing at Hakenterrasse (present Wały Chrobrego), which he used for several seasons in 1920s and 1930s. He was fascinated by busy life of nearby port, both the old one, at the Old Town bank and Lastadie granaries, and new, steel cranes located along Dunzig estuary. With soft moves of paintbrush and delicate colours he illustrated changeable weather and vibrating lights by the Oder River.

In one of cameral permanent exhibition spaces of The Szczecin History Museum there might be seen most of his works, collected by The National Museum in Szczecin. The atelier convention refers mainly to the times, when the artist was creating the views of his home city directly in the Museum space. 

During his carreer, Dekkert had open-air sessions in Italy, France and The Netherlands. He exhibited his works in Glasgow, Munich, Dresden and Berlin. He presented them also at a prestigious Biennial in Venice. His paintings were purchased by head German, English or even Australian museums. After World War I the artist returned from Scotland to Germany and settled in Bavaria. He joined Munich Secession asscoiation, and his output focused on alpine landscapes. He also began to involve in artistic and museum associations that were being created in Szczecin. His works gained such a great popularity in his home city, that they were multiplied as graphic prints. In 1935 The City Museum held a jubilee exhibition on Dekkert's 70th birthday. It was one of the painter's last visits to Szczecin. 

He died in 1956 in alpine Garmisch-Partenkirchen.