Hamburg, 1924 - 1925. Shadows
In the spring of 1924, after six months
in Haiti, Staude sailed back to Hamburg. The ship berthed in Genoa.
For the first time he set foot on Italian soil, but he did not want
to stop, did not yet want to see that country.
Instead, he spent the summer in Finkenwerder, in the sombre northern
German countryside as we know it from the paintings by Paula Modersohn-Becker
and the Worpswede group. There he finally met with the painter Schnegg
and promptly became his pupil. 'Schnegg - a Bavarian, 48 years old -
paints with blood and brush. Through him I learn what is learnable in
painting. That's quite a lot.'
He spent the winter in Hamburg, among people who were to leave a mark,
in the homes of the avantgarde, among the city's liveliest artistic
and intellectual circles. He was a frequent guest of the Sudecks, in
their home buried 'in the bewitched gardens of Fonteney,' and the Warburgs,
the banking family. There, at a fancy dress party, he met Renate Moenckeberg,
a young girl belonging to one of the city's most cultivated and influential
families. One day, she would become his wife.
But his painting did not satisfy him at all. Then, in the spring of
1925, he took off with Schnegg and a group of young painters on his
first trip to Italy.