"Eggert Gustavs is the most important Hiddenseer painter and graphic artist. He has captured the motives, colors and moods of the island in all their diversity as only a few have. He has captured and portrayed her windswept beauty and rough charm with great skill."
(Prime Minister a.D. of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Erwin Sellering)
House - Tree - Boat, woodcut, circa 1960
In his impressive watercolors and masterful woodcuts Gustavs limited himself to the essentials. In the portrait and in the caricature he also realized his endeavor to capture the typical with scarce artistic means. As he put it, he was fascinated by the "face of the landscape" and the "landscape of the face".
Eggert Gustavs - son of the island pastor and Old-Orientalist Lic. Arnold Gustavs - was born in the rectory on Hiddensee. From an early age he moved to Hamburg to the Landeskunstschule and to the Bauhaus in Berlin. Since 1934 he then went his own way - as an autodidact and freelance artist. For many years he lived and worked on Hiddensee in summer and in Neuruppin with his family in winter.
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the artist, the Eggert Gustavs Gesellschaft e.V. was founded in 2009 and honored his life's work with the publication of the book "Eggert Gustavs - Leben und Werk eines Hiddenseer Künstlers". The museums in Neuruppin and on Hiddensee showed extensive exhibitions, as well as the Royal Art Circle in Barcelona in 2010.
The private museum presents original works of the artist in various techniques (watercolor, linoleum and woodcut, brush and pen and ink drawing, oil, pastel, pencil, glass print), figured wood carvings, printing plates, photo and film recordings and an exhibition on the history of the listed building. The preserved tools, the Esse and the transmission drill bear witness to the long craft tradition of blacksmithing on the island of Hiddensee.