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.