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[JIZERA MOUNTAINS, LOWER SILESIA]
[Original Signed and Dated Watercolour View of the Summit of the Hochstein Peak near Oberschreiberhau, Lower Silesia, Titled]: Hochstein ber Oberschreiberhau i[m]. R[eisengebirge].
1913. Watercolour on board, heightened in white, ca. 19x32 cm (7 ½ x 12 ¾ in). Artist's signature "Bakker 13" in black ink in the right lower corner, pencil initials "HB" in the left lower corner. On an original board mount; recently matted. A very good bright watercolour. Original watercolour view of the Hochstein peak in the Isergebirge mountains near the Lower Silesian town Obershreiberhau, then a territory of Germany, now in Poland (modern Polish names: Wysoki Kamien peak in the Jizera Mountains, near the town Szklarska Poreba Gorna). This bright colourful view features the now non-existent beautiful mountain cottage with a lookout tower built in the 1880s and devastated after WW2. The artist who signed "Bakker" under the picture, hasn't been identified, but most likely he was a member of the Schreiberhau artists' colony, which was formed in the 1900s and included Gerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946) and his brother Carl, Otto Müller (1874-1930) and Wilhelm Bölsche (1861-1939). The Wysoki Kamien (in German: Hochstein) is a 1058 m high mountain in the Jizera Mountains. It forms the eastern cornerstone of the Hoher Iserkamm (Wysoki Grzbiet), northwest of Schreiberhau (Szklarska Poreba). The view from the top extends from the Jizera Mountains to the Giant Mountains, Hirschberg Valley, Kaczawskie Mountains and Landeshuter comb. In 1837, Count Schaffgotsch build a hut on the summit, in 1875 a cottage was built with a lookout tower. There was even a special poem "Die Sage von dem Hochstein" written by Eduard Dietrich. The buildings were destroyed in 1882 by fire, but quickly rebuilt. At the end of the Second World War, the cottage was devastated and robbed, and by 1963 was totally ruined. A new building was constructed in the 1990s.