Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a state linked to famous personalities. Politicians such as Joachim Gauck, sports personalities such as Toni Kroos or Jan Ullrich, but also various painters and writers were born here. The Island of Hiddensee and the Baltic seaside resort of Ahrenshoop are particularly well-known as artist colonies.
Amongst the most famous artists and writers who lived and worked here were Caspar David Friedrich, Otto Niemeyer-Holstein, Gerhart Hauptmann, Lyonel Feininger, Hans Werner Richter, Philipp Otto Runge, but also Fritz Reuter. The German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal also comes from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - he was born in the Hanseatic Town of Anklam.
The picturesque landscapes were captured by many artists in their paintings. The Early Romantic painter, Caspar David Friedrich, who was born in Greifswald, made Greifswald’s surroundings and the cliffs of Rügen central motives of his work. Philipp Otto Runge, who was born in Wolgast, also painted at the same time and is one of the most famous painters of the Early Romantic period, alongside Caspar David Friedrich. Another famous artist, whose paintings mainly show the Baltic coastline of Usedom, is Otto Niemeyer-Holstein. Lyonel Feininger also produced sketches and paintings of the landscape on Usedom.
Poetry on the Coast
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was also home and holiday destination for some well-known writers: Amongst the most famous are Gerhart Hauptmann, Hans Werner Richter and Fritz Reuter.