The Elbchaussee hotel is a mecca for both gourmets and lovers of art.
The art concept is a common theme in all rooms and salons. In keeping with Hanseatic traditions, the owner family Rahe sponsors art and culture. For its hotel in Hamburg it has collected over 500 pieces from the 18th and 19th and the early 20th century. Sensitively complemented by modernist works. A special focus is north German secessionist art from the end of the 19th century. Many pictures depict landscapes, the port, Hamburg or the Elbe.
And that applies to the collection’s centrepiece too. A large oil painting of the Lime Tree Terrace. The picture by Max Liebermann, the impressionist and pioneer of modernism, has pride of place in the lobby. But at Jacob works by Ivo Hauptmann, Arthur Illies, Ernst Eitner, Fritz Flinte and Max Slevogt also adorn the walls. And coloured silk-screen prints by Ralf Winkler. Who was he again? Another forerunner of German painting – known more commonly to the rest of the world as A. R. Penck.
In 1902 as an artist in residence in Hamburg for two summer months there are worse places to be.
In 1902, impressionist Max Liebermann moves into the Jacob. At the invitation of Alfred Lichtwark, the founding director of Hamburg Kunsthalle. He has been appointed to paint views of the Hanseatic city, the most attractive of which is right outside the door to his room. The Lime Tree Terrace. He portrays light dancing underneath the trees and captures the Elbe and the prevailing mood. Several pictures are painted.
These include the world-famous “Terrace at Jacob restaurant”. Due to the stunning impact it creates, the oil painting is seen as a highlight of German impressionism. However, this picture hangs in Hamburg Kunsthalle.
But we have one too. With a view of the river Elbe downstream and also in oil. Even the picture’s title is very similar and called “View of the Elbe – terrace on the Elbe at Jacob restaurant”. For a long time it was thought this picture had been lost. Suddenly it emerges again. In 1995 the Rahe family is able to purchase it. Today it graces the wall of the hotel lobby. Further paintings by the Berlin artist can be seen in the Liebermann room.
Hotels have plenty of walls to spare. And artists have always felt at their ease at Jacob. So what could be more appropriate than making an art collection part of hotel life?
At Hotel Jacob you’re surrounded by art as a matter of course. It’s a living museum but without that dusty museum feel. Perhaps you’d like a brief guided tour? Entering the lobby you immediately see paintings with views of Hamburg and the surrounding area. This is where the collection’s jewel in the crown hangs. A Max Liebermann. The other paintings in the popular haunt are usually by Liebermann’s friends. In the other historical rooms in the hotel, works primarily from the 18th and 19th and early 20th centuries fill the walls.
Every single room is a place for art. Each accommodates two, three or even more graphics with one always by a Hamburg artist. Jacob also has contemporary art treasures. Which are understandably in the newer rooms. Curious? An art folder gives details on all the artists and works.