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Hamburg, 1928. Interlude

In Hamburg he joined his old and lively group of friends again which now included art historians such as Erwin Panofsky, Ernst Cassirer and Aby Warburg, the founder of the Warburg Institute (where Staude's friend Fritz Rougemont was a fellow). Staude painted, was successful, sold his paintings easily, but Renate would remember him later as being highly-strung and restless at the time. In Hamburg he was seized by the fear that his abandonment of Florence had been a big mistake.
Besides, towards the end of the twenties the high hopes of the first postwar period began to decline in Germany. A sort of "Kulturpessimismus" began to surface among intellectuals, a depressed and negative attitude towards culture that Staude was in no way inclined to share. Profound differences were also arising between himself and his friend Fritz Rougemont, the one and only 'understanding friend,' differences that several years later transformed Rougemont into an ardent Nazi.
In 1929 the stock exchange crashed and his father went bankrupt. Staude was not much affected by it at first. With the money he had earned from selling his paintings in Hamburg he took off for Paris to study the newly discovered French impressionists.