Hermann Stenner 1891-1914

16 10 2017

Fritz Ascher 1893-1970

19 08 2017

gabriele munter

30 05 2016

Gabriele Münter (19 February 1877 – 19 May 1962) was a German expressionist painter who was at the forefront of the Munich avant-garde in the early 20th century.


1 10 2015

karl schmidt-rottluff

4 08 2015

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1 December 1884 – 10 August 1976) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker, one of the four founder-members of the artist group Die Brücke.

He was born Karl Schmidt in Rottluff, Saxony, today a district of Chemnitz, and attended the Humanistisches Gynasium in Chemnitz.[1] He began to study architecture in Dresden, but gave up after a term,[1] when he became a founder member of a group of artists known as Die Brücke (“The Bridge”), along with his fellow architecture students Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl and Erich Heckel. The group was founded in Dresden on 7 June 1905, and its first exhibition opened in Leipzig in November of the same year.

In 1906 he added “Rottluff” to his surname. He spent the summer of that year on island of Alsen, in the company of Emil Nolde. From 1907 to 1912 he spent the summers on the coast at Dangast, near Bremen. In December 1911, like the rest of members of Die Brücke he moved from Dresden to Berlin.[1] The group was dissolved in 1913. He served in the army on the eastern front in 1915–18, before returning to Berlin, where he spent the rest of his life, except for a period during the Second World War, when he returned to Rottluff following the destruction of his studio in an air raid.

The work seems rough, violent, compulsive. As if emotions had run amok. There is no frosting on the cake with these fellows (expressionists) and I think that this is what the Nazi’s hated. Art refusing to be a function of a culture or the state.

Alice Neel

13 06 2015

Alice Neel (January 28, 1900 – October 13, 1984) was an American visual artist, who was particularly well known for oil painting and for her portraits depicting friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity. Neel was called “one of the greatest portrait artists of the 20th century” by Barry Walker, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which organized a retrospective of her work in 2010.

Work jumps out at you. There is so much lightness to it. Even in the darker pieces. She appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and I remember the program. Not because of her work but because of her.

Jennifer Meanley

15 03 2015

Love these stories. And the paint. But don’t read either the artist’s or her representative’s explanation. Like most of art criticism, it is pure nonsense. On the other hand, Meanley’s work is wonderful. I love the crowd scenes, the feeling of both intimacy and anonymity. I’m not sure I understand the use of animals.

Egon Schiele

9 02 2015

No artist that I have looked at recently has made his obsession seem so unpleasant. Not to say I don’t love this guy’s work. It is marvelous. And I imagine that his sexual interests must have created quite a controversy. Still you can see that the artist seems to be of two minds about sex. Certainly his work is not erotic. At least not in the fantasy level of Playboy magazine for example. These are not the girl next door.

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alice neel

30 01 2015

Her portraits are so interesting. Each one is distinctive almost as if painted by another artist. Not the style or even the colours but the subject itself.

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Jeremy Mann

23 11 2014

Perhaps its comfort art. I always feel safe on wet evenings in the city. And the pasty affect of muted colours in this urban landscape seems very close to the actual experience.  Jeremy Mann

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