Grimm-Sammlung der Stadt Kassel (19. Jh.)

  1. Ludwig Emil Grimm (1790-1863). Butterfly (peacock eye), watercolor, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number Hz. 555

Ludwig Emil Grimm (1790-1863). House with stair gable in Steinau, watercolor and pencil, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number Hz.3

  1. Friederike von Eschwege (called Ideke), born Grimm (1833-1914). Butterfly, watercolor, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number 174
  1. Friederike von Eschwege (called Ideke), born Grimm (1833-1914). Reisvogel, water color and pencil, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number 551

probably 1838. Carl Hassenpflug (1824-1890). Butterflies, feather and water color, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number 814

probably 1838. Carl Hassenpflug (1824-1890). Butterflies, feather and water color, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number 815

1841. Herman (Friedrich) Grimm (1828-1901). Wilhelm Grimm’s study, water color and pencil, Germany © Stadt Kassel, holdings of the Grimm Collection. Inventory number 885

Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg. Drawings from the First World War 1914-1915

The more than 300 drawings from art classes from 1914 and 1915 on the subject of World War I preserved in the Hamburg Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg are divided into 4 class sets from 3 ages (10 to 14 years). They were created in elementary school 3 in Wilhelmsburg (today Hamburg) at the beginning of World War I on the topics of ground warfare, aerial warfare, naval warfare and military hospital.

From a child’s point of view, the feeling of superiority fueled by German war propaganda is portrayed through large combat scenes, as well as the enthusiasm for weapon technology.

Ground warfare, class level 4a, 11 years

Ground warfare, class level 4a, 13 years

Aerial warfare, class level 5a, 10 years

Aerial warfare, class level 2c, 13 years

Navel warefare, class level 4a, 11 years

Navel warefare, class level 2a, 13 years

Military hospital, class level 4a, 11 years

Military hospital, class level 2a, 13 years

The suffering of individuals is rarely emphasized, e.g. this woman fleeing the burning house with the child or the pastor on the way from the hospital to the church.

Aerial warfare, class level 5a, 10 years

Military hospital, class level 4a, 11 years

Military hospital, class level 2a, 13 years

Military hospital, class level 2a, 13 years

The hospital drawings also show only well-cared-for wounded people, who are cared for maternally by mostly oversized nurses.

Graves only appear on two drawings. Once depersonalized as a row grave or individually as a “heroic death” grave.

Military hospital, class level 2a, 13 years

Military hospital, class level 2a, 13 years

In drawing lessons, these students were influenced by war propaganda and euphoria, but in detail this are independent works. Of course, it should be borne in mind that the Great War was only just beginning and that gas and tank operations only came later. The German civilian population was not directly affected by hostilities. So the peaceful life at home is drawn.

Aerial Warfare, class level 5a, 10 years

Aerial Warfare, class level 5a, 10 years

Contact
Peter Beenk, Bibliothek (Peter-beenk@t-online.de)
Dr. Jürgen Drygas, Kinderzeichnungen 1. WK (post@juergendrygas.de)

Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg
Kirchdorfer Str. 163
21109 Hamburg
Germany

Children’s drawings in context with games and media worlds of the 1980s

By Dr. Christoph-Maria Scholter

Collected, documented and archived in here, you find children’s drawings concerning games and media worlds of the 1980s and also historical sources. The emphasis is put on the drawings of boys. The free-style drawings by hand make an important contribution towards understanding juvenile forms of expression and processes of appropriation but also regarding the importance of mass media influence. The drawings also offer insights into the social environment and esthetic socialisation of children in historical context.

Images:

felt pen drawing inspired by Masters of the Universe, DIN A3, 1987 (boy, age 5)

felt pen drawing inspired by Masters of the Universe, DIN A3, 1984 (boy, age 7)

felt pen drawing inspired by film “S.O.S. Titanic“ (1979), DIN A3, 1981 (boy, age 4)

mixed technique drawing inspired by Star Wars, DIN A3, 1986 (boy, age 9)

felt pen drawing inspired by cartoon “Conan the Barbarian” (1983), DIN A3, 1983 (boy, age 5)

List of publications:

  • Dokumente historischer Spiel- und Medienwelten der 1980er-Jahre. In: World Heritage and
    Arts Education, No. 13. Paderborn 2015 (Online-Veröffentlichung).
  • Die Kinderzeichnung im Kontext von Spiel- und Medienwelten der 1980er-Jahre. Baden-
    Baden: Tectum 2017.
  • Historische Kinderzeichnungen zum Themenfeld Masters of the Universe (1982-88).
    In: Ströter-Bender, Jutta, u.a. (Hrsg.): Historische und aktuelle Kinderzeichnungen. Baden-
    Baden: Tectum 2017.