Watercolours of Hama in the 1930s
Fugmann, with his interest in architecture, depicted many of the buildings and water wheels in this most picturesque and least westernized town in Syria, including many mosques as well as the mansions of the al-Kilani family, descended from an Islamic saint buried in Baghdad, and of the ‘Azm family, whose members had been governors of Hama Province. He also sometimes portrayed inhabitants going about their daily lives. The old town’s ambiance and charm are projected in Fugmann’s choice of topics and in his balanced colour choices, which also partly reflect the Danish “Golden Age” of the national-romantic painting style in the 19th century.
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