Gunther Böhmer

© Gunter-Böhmer-Archiv Calw

Hesse enthusiasts have two artists to thank for the most intense visual documents showing the writer in the intimate surroundings of home and friends: Hesse's son Martin, who conveys a lively image of his father in the countless photographs he took, and the painter, graphic artist and book illustrator Gunter Böhmer (1911-1986), who captured the character of person and situation in inimitable fashion using pencil and crayon. Böhmer, who had been living "in Hesse's immediate proximity" as a resident of "Casa Camuzzi" in Montagnola since 1933, laid the foundations for today's Gunter-Böhmer-Archiv with a bequest he made to the town of Calw. The portrait of Hesse with cat on his lap shown here - a work featuring a hybrid technique of India ink and gouache - is among those held by the Archive.