Egon Schiele (1890–1918) is nowadays regarded as one of the leading pioneers of Modernism in Austria. Although he already enjoyed some success during his lifetime and came to be considered Austria’s greatest artist following his death, his outstanding importance for art was recognized only in the early 1950s.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s move from Dresden to Berlin in 1911 marked a turning point in his art. Under the impression of this most modern metropolis in Europe, during the years between 1912 and 1915 the artist created works which in their exaggerated and concentrated manner can really be regarded as metaphors for the attitude to life at the beginning of the 20th century.
“Ambiguous work. Where can we start?”, wrote the art historian Oscar Schürer in the historic series "Junge Kunst" about Pablo Picasso’s multi-faceted oeuvre back in 1927. Picasso, who was investigating Surrealism at the time, was regarded as a genius even then – and had another 40 years of creativity before him. The magnificent legacy of a talent which showed twentieth-century art the way forward consists of an almost unimaginable number of ...
Emil Nolde was one of the most important exponents of Expressionism, and is considered one of the main precursors of modernism. His virtuoso handling of colour and the incomparable expressiveness of his paintings, watercolours, and Unpainted
Pictures astound viewers again and again, and ensure that every exhibition of his work is a great success.
Far from current trends, the painter and graphic artist Zoran Music (1909 - 2005), a native of Slovenia, created an oeuvre that is as moving as it is unusual and that evokes in radical manner a reflection on the inner essence. Music was represented at the Biennale in Venice as well as the documenta and received numerous international awards, including the Prix de Paris.
“The goal should be an understanding by all three parties: the wall, the architect and the painter”, observed the French artist Fernand Léger (1881–1955) in 1933. His projects reveal a willingness to try out new things and demonstrate his striving to extend painting beyond the boundaries of the easel and to integrate it into the social, everyday space. They shed new light on one of the influential artists of the twentieth century.
The art academy failed to recognise his talent; he rejected the contemporary art scene in Vienna; and his visionary work was largely neglected during his lifetime: the painter Richard Gerstl (1883–1908), whose creative period lasted for just four intensive years, is regarded today as one of the most important representatives of Austrian Expressionism for his portraits and landscapes.
Franz von Stuck’s erotic paintings, especially “Die Sünde” (Sin), were controversial not only because of the choice of subject; his image concept and the way he presented the Munich Secession set the standard, particularly for Vienna. The catalogue offers an opportunity to examine von Stuck’s works as a whole and in relation to each other.
Apocalypse, the city, war, religion, the portrait, exile and existential trauma – Ludwig Meidner (1884–1966) is regarded as one of the outstanding artists of German Expressionism. With the accuracy of a seismograph he recorded in his pictorial and literary works the shocks which reverberated through his time.
Few artists symbolise Franco-German friendship more effectively than Werner Reinisch. For over 50 years he has been composing his expressive works in France in the region of Ardèche, where he has found inspiration in the light and the surroundings. This comprehensive monograph is also a documentation and homage to the artist and his oeuvre.
Starting with the walls of his parental country estate in Montroig, Joan Miró was throughout the course of his life fascinated by the materiality and beauty of walls themselves and declared them to be the point of departure for his paintings. The publication explores this central aspect of the Spanish painter’s work and presents Miró’s important wall paintings in the context of his oeuvre.
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31 May 2015 would have been Bernard Schultze’s one-hundredth birthday. On the occasion of this anniversary the publication featuring approximately eighty works of art honours the extensive oeuvre of one of the most important Art Informel artists.
The painter Jochen Plogsties, who studied at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, was a master student of Neo Rauch, and he was awarded the Leipziger Volkszeitung art prize in 2011. This volume provides an overview of his paintings of the past years and introduces his most recent and previously unpublished works of art.
Max Uhlig (* 1937 in Dresden) is one of the outstanding artistic personalities of the present day. For the first time a publication focuses exclusively on the entire oeuvre of the artist and shows a cross-section through 45 years of paintings and drawings which remain distinctive to this day for their spontaneity, their sparkling colour intensity and their characteristic web of lines and brushstrokes.
Herbert Nauderer whisks viewers of his work away to a parallel world. The drawings, collages and retouched pictures that constitute his “Mausmannsland” (Mouseman’s Land) cycle coalesce into dark dream sequences. They are linked by the “Mausmann” (Mouseman), a figure wearing a black mask whose threatening silhouette is reminiscent of Mickey Mouse.
Expressionistic and imbued with colour, the work of Rita De Muynck draws the observer into an autonomous world of experience. Dreams, the vigorous subconscious and synesthesia find sensual expression in her large figurative paintings and witty day and night drawings. This lavishly illustrated book presents her work from 1998 to 2013, accompanied by literary and scientific essays as well as personal contributions.
Sein virtuoser Umgang mit der Farbe und die unvergleichliche Ausdrucksstärke seiner Gemälde, Aquarelle und Ungemalten Bilder beglücken sein Publikum immer wieder aufs Neue und garantieren jeder seiner Ausstellungen größte Resonanz. Emil Nolde gehört zu den wichtigsten Protagonisten des Expressionismus und gilt als einer der zentralen Wegbereiter der Moderne.
In enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Nolde Stiftung Seebüll widmet sich der neueste Band der Jungen ...
This lavishly illustrated book presents a comprehensive overview of the career thus far of German artist Verena Landau, documenting her projects from 1999 through 2013. Landau is particularly interested in the tense relationship between art and commerce, a theme that runs through several of her works.
Uta Reinhardt’s compositions are compelling. Her paintings, most of which feature human or animal figures, cause the viewer to try to understand what is happening on the canvas. Figures, some only partly formed, are in strange positions and alien situations, isolated and distant from each other and from the viewer.
Karl Horst Hödicke is a pioneer of German Neo-Expressionism and the New Figuration movement. Together with Sigmar Polke, KP Brehmer and Wolf Vostell he has also been described using the label of Capitalist Realism. This book demonstrates Hödicke’s continuing impact on the Berlin art scene and provides an overview of his oeuvre, ranging from painting and sculpture to art objects and film.
Baselitz is one of the most important artists of today. His works can be found in major museums around the world. For over 30 years, photographer Benjamin Katz has been documenting Baselitz at work in different studios. This volume now captures Baselitz’s exceptional life at work and at home.
Francesco Clemente’s wide-eyed portraits and bold manipulations of images from art and popular culture have established him as one of today’s foremost artists. Clemente continues to draw inspiration from a wide range of cultural sources in this, his most recent series, Nostalgia, Utopia, currently on display at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York.
Freud is one of the most widely acclaimed British artists of our time; »Lucian Freud: Portraits«, with plentiful illustrations and essays by celebrated curator Sir Norman Rosenthal, brings Freud’s lesser-known etchings deservedly to the forefront of our appreciation of his art.
German painter and sculptor Rainer Fetting was born in Wilhelmshaven in 1949. He went to Berlin in 1972 where, in spite of the constraint caused by the dividing wall, he was able to capture the special atmosphere in the western part of the city. Both the student protests and the homosexual movement provided important influences for his view of society in the then, West Germany.
The work of painter Francesco Clemente has always drawn on many esoteric traditions. He finds inspiration in a variety of visual languages, ranging from the Tantric diagrams of India to the »Candomblé« ceremonial implements of Brazil.
Michael Triegel (*1968) is among the most important representatives of the New Leipzig School. Along with landscape sketches, still lifes and portraits, it is principally mythological and religious subjects that bear witness to his very individual, multi-faceted idiom in the style of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance.
The paintings of German-Greek artist Aris Kalaizis occupy the space between fiction and fact, motion and inertia. With a masterly brush Kalaizis creates scenarios where the subjects play enigmatically entwined roles and the world of shadows lives in defiant coexistence with light.
This attractively designed publication documents the work of Hirmer Verlag during the past 65 years. Since 1948 a total of over 1,100 titles have appeared under this brand name. True to the motto “Art books that set standards,” the publishers have always worked in the service of art, upholding their determination to maintain the very highest quality. A book about those who make books and those who sell them, about book art and art books, about partnership with museums and loyalty ...
Gerhard Berger (*1933) hat in den Jahrzehnten seiner künstlerischen Arbeit zu einer eigenen, markanten Bildsprache gefunden. Seine zwischen figurativer und abstrakter Malerei wechselnde Darstellung des Menschen hat ihre Wurzeln in den großen Mythen der Menschheitsgeschichte ebenso wie in den religiösen Bildvorstellungen der Weltkulturen.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) is one of the great European painters of the 18th century. This volume is the first to present the English artist as a pivotal figure in the development of “modern” landscape painting, a genre in which his painterly experiments were particularly innovative.
This opulent volume on Paul Klee celebrates one of the most important and productive artists of the twentieth century, whose work is as topical today as it ever was: growing out of the inner conflict of modern man, Klee’s imaginative works provide a link between the world of reason and the irrational “secrets” of human existence.
Today Egon Schiele (1890–1918) is celebrated as an artist at the forefront of the international stage, although he spent almost his entire life in Lower Austria and Vienna. This publication uses the most recent sources and previously unpublished photographs to show how Schiele developed essential elements of his expressive art and how influential it remains to this day.