Looking at German artists

During a visit to Regensburg in the Bavarian part of Germany on the river Danube I visited many galleries.

It was cold and although initially there was some sun, the weather finally settled into snow clouds and freezing fog, and grey skies. The Bavarian buildings are large and austere. The weather and this dramatic setting coloured my emotional response to much of the art, which was itself quite dark and cold.

Hence, I was struck whilst in Germany with the general gravity of the art, which included drawings by

Grosz   (“Grosz’s works of the 1920s were influenced by a complicated political and economical situation in the post-war Germany and Europe and in one sentence can be characterized as political and social satire” ref:http://www.abcgallery.com/G/grosz/groszbio.html ),

Otto Dix( ” a story of modern war, its aftermath”   ref:http://www.ottodix.org/) and :

Kokoshka  (“Eight of his works were shown in the exhibition “Degenerate Art” in Munich in 1937  ref:http://www.kokoschka-oskar.com/) .

Some Gallery artists which were more colourful and impressive:

Fabian Bertelshofer

http://www.art-affair.net/en/artists/bertelshofer

Very colourful and impressionistic images of mountains and nature. The buttery application of paint in patchs and dabs of bright colours.

Florian Pfab    http://www.art-affair.net/en/artists/pfab  (The scarecrow)-an interesting arrangement of people in contemporary dress looking at the back of a scarecrow across the open featureless space of a field. Similar to Hopper in style. It has a very flat picture frame and seems to have a deeper social meaning.

Jorg Schemmann  http://www.art-affair.net/en/artists/Schemmann

I like the interplay here between the subject matter, flowers or blossom on their stalks and the cast shadow, producing a pattern from the natural elements. *****************An idea for the development of my still life drawing for assignment five.

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