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Tracks Along Lake Monona, Madision (editor's title)

Tracks and Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin
A late-impressionist painting by a German-American artist of a section of the tracks along Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. The right track glistens, and is the brightest element in the autumnal painting whose palette is muted. The tracks cross from the lower left to the middle right, passing a stone wall. Dots of white indicate sailboats on the lake. Both the Milwaukee Road and North Western had tracks along the lake.
Rheder came to the United States from Germany in 1939 in his late seventies because he did not like Hitler, and he had a son who taught German at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He had been a successful fine artist of landscapes and portraits in Europe, and he immediately began to record Madison scenes, such as this one, after his arrival. The tracks were installed on fill in the late 19th century, and retaining walls held back a slope. No highway had yet been constructed between the tracks and the lake when Rehder painted it, but fill for a prospective roadway is visible at the midpoint of the landscape.
Source Jack Holzhueter
Coverage Spatial, Madison, Wisconsin; temporal, c. 1940
Rights Jack Holzhueter, Mazomanie, Wisconsin
Date Created c1940
Resource Type
Extent 9-1/2 in. by 11-1/2 in.
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Image Type Oil painting
Creator Description Julius C. Rehder (1861-1955) was born in Flensburg, Germany, and moved to Hamburg when he was three. He apprenticed there as a lithographer and also began sketching. In 1883, he entered an art academy at Karlsruhe in Baden and also studied in Berlin, after which he became an independent artist and supported himself with portraits, genre paintings, and by giving lessons. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1939 because of his dislike of Hitler.
Collection Jack Holzhueter Collection
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