Monday, February 15, 2016

German Soldiers in a French Church (1915)

Title: Karfreitag in einer französischen Kirche (Good Friday in a French Church)
Artist: Arthur Kampf
Date: 1915

Also known as 'Wir treten zum Beten vor Gott den Gerechten' ('We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing'). This painting was created in 1915, once hung in the Great German Art Exhibition of 1939, Saal 03. Nowadays it is in the possession of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preusischer Kulturbesitz, Nationalgalerie.

'Wir treten zum Beten' is an old prayer song with Dutch origins going back to the Battle of Turnhout in 1597, where the Dutch defeated the Spaniards. The song was very popular during the time of the German Kaiserreich. Later, the National Socialists used the song often in their propaganda. It would emphasise the blessing of God on the Third Reich as successor of the German Kaiserreich.

Source :,_Good_Friday&id=42

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