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Young Germany in School aka The Geography LessonCarl Hertel, date unknown

There is very little information available about this artist, Carl Hertel (1837-1905). The painting is chosen for its excellent people-watching potential and its humorous approach.

A Geography lesson is in progress, which at this time was considered vital in Prussian schools. Such was the emphasis placed on it, that some commentators say it contributed to the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian war of 1871, Geography lessons are said to have rocketed up the French curriculum after this date!


Carl Hertel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • Is this painting depicting the era in which it was painted, or another era?
  • Did you think the person you chose to look at was isolated or interacting with the other people in the painting?
  • What event would you have liked to visit on this person?
  • How might it change the way the painter depicted the scene in your imagination?
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