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Haus zum Schneck Schrift Schrifttyp type font lettering typography 1954 Freiburg midcentury post war modern nachkriegsmoderne 50s 50er Jahre

Continuing with images from Freiburg, I like this mid-century type on a house front there.

And if you’re like me and enjoy writings, retro and neon signs, too than you should keep an eye at the Instagram account @basicgermanwords which develops around any lettering in German speaking areas of the world.

Italian Girl In Double Portrait

Franz Xaver Winterhalter italienisches Mädchen Italian Girl in Double Portrait 1834 Malerei Painting Vormärz Romanticism Ölmalerei Freiburg Augustinermuseum

Italian Girl in Double Portrait, 1834 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, who later went on to become a famous court painter. He is today known for his flattering and romantic grand portraits of European high aristocracy. But beforehand had some learning years in Italy where Franz Xaver Winterhalter perfected his style with portrait studies and landscapes.
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This painting hangs in Freiburg’s Augustinermuseum where they also had a comprehensive exhibition about the artist some time ago. The young and mysterious girl is shown from two perspectives with focus on her image above shoulders. With a skin darkened by the sun and a natural flush on her cheeks she showcases a raw beauty with no need of any other kind of makeup. Of course there is still some embellishment around the face. She wears beautifully simple but heavy gold earrings and a red necklace, the dark hair is intricately braided on top of the ears and at the neck, reminding contemporary viewers probably or Princess Leia from Star Wars.

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Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg

Carl Schurz Haus Glasbausteine Amerikahaus Freiburg 50er Jahre Architektur 50s architecture Germany ehemaliges Post- und Telegrafenamt roter Sandstein red Sandstone googie googie architecture Flugdach Bundesadler abstrakt Skulptur

A really well done semi abstract sculpture of Germany’s coat of arms eagle the Bundesadler hangs at the front of the former Post- und Fernmeldeamt Freiburg, developed and built 1954-1961. Now Carl-Schurz Haus, a German-American educational institution.

The building is part of a bigger complex and only the main building has the red sandstone cladded exterior which has become pinkish over time. The rest of the complex has only two to three stories and appears in a light green color.
Carl Schurz Haus Glasbausteine Amerikahaus Freiburg 50er Jahre Architektur 50s architecture Germany ehemaliges Post- und Telegrafenamt roter Sandstein red Sandstone googie googie architecture Flugdach

As usual with buildings from the 50s they appear today as very reserved and minimalist but when you get closer you can spot all these thoughtful details which make the whole architecture very sophisticated. Examples are the flat flying roofs or these fun glass bricks at one side pointing to the googie style.