Art Stroll

Art Stroll: Kunsthalle Hamburg Part 2

Last month while going to Germany to teach a workshop I spent a day at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. I loved revisiting the Permanent Collection and see some of my favorites again :)

Max Ernst, Menschliche Figur (Human Figure)  1930 – oil on canvas

I love this painting the shapes the shadows and that you can see the human figure – it is funny and I often smile when I see Max Ernst work.

Max Ernst, Grätenblumen (fishbone flowers) – 1928 – oil on canvas

This is one of my favorite paintings ….like Ever :) Because I remember how excited I was the first time I saw it – the dimensions, the structure, the visual and actual texture and how I couldn’t wait to go home and replicate the look. It was early on in my adventures as a self taught artist and to this day I feel this painting is like a old friend sparking something in me. Yes …I never said I am not a weirdo – hahaha

Paul Klee, Der Goldfisch (The Goldfish), 1925 – Oil and watercolor on paper on cardboard

Another painting that excited me early on – the sgraffito the colors …when I walked into the gallery I almost yelled out “hey fishy” ..but then …the reserved Hamburgers are a bit more suspicious of people bursting out when maybe New Yorkers are – LOL

Paul Klee, Felsige Küste (Rocky Coast) – 1931 – oil on plywood

Love the usage of plywood and the little rectangles – actually it makes me want to do something with the same small pattern but different colors coming together to form a landscape …

btw – the glimpse out of the galleries into the main hall always is a treat :)

Hans Arp, Augen-Nase-Schnurrbart (Eyes, Nose and Moustache) after 1928 – oil on cardboard- artist’s frame

I love the cut shapes and the colors – and reading the title makes me laugh – another outburst tehehehe

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Wehende Formen (Floating Forms) 1935 – Oil on canvas – artist’s canvas

Oskar Schlemmer, Treppenszene (Stairway scene) 1932 – Oil on fabric on plywood – artist’s frame

This painting makes me want to see the Bauhaus Stairway Painting of his from the same year hanging at MoMA in NYC together with this. Apparently- and I didn’t know this before writing this post – there is some controversy as to how the painting got to be at MoMA.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Das Paar vor den Menschen (Two Against The World), 1924 – oil on canvas

I am always fascinated by Kirchner’s paintings- they glow , they are radiant and encapsulate you when you stand in front of them  it is a physical experience.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – Das Wohnzimmer (The Living Room) – 1923 – Oil on canvas, artist’s frame

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gut Staberhof (Staberhof Countryseat), 1913  oil on canvas

Love this so much the colors, the shapes …swoon

Emil Nolde, Das Meer VI (The Sea VI), 1915 – oil on canvas

Emil Nolde, Schlepper auf der Elbe (Tugboat on the Elbe) – 1910 – oil on canvas

Max Pechstein, Am Seeufer (On the Banks fo the Lake), 1910

All those paintings make me want to use crazy acidic colors …maybe my love for those colors comes from those artists which I remember being fascinated by in art lessons in school.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Maler und Modell (Painter and Model) – 1910- oil on canvas

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Das blaue Haus (The Blue House) . 1907 – Oil on canvas – artist’s frame

A gorgeous vibrant painting – with such a beautiful frame. The photo really doesn’t do this beautifully textured impasto painting justice but nonetheless I wanted to show it.

Lyonel Feininger, alte Lokomotive (Old American Locomotive), 1910-1924 – oil on canvas

Loving those figures and the background!

If you think I went home after this …Nope – I couldn’t say bye to Kunsthalle (probably the reason why after 5 years living in the U.S. I am still a member there- LOL.

Another part of this Art Stroll is coming soon- I hope you enjoyed this one.

Comments (2)

  • Sue Clarke

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    I just love Rocky Coast and would be happy to hang it in my living room if the museum no longer has room for it.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- me too! Actually I will take any of those if they have no longer room for them hahahaha

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Art Stroll: Max Pechstein in Brucerius Kunst Forum

When I visited my home city Hamburg in Germany my friends and I spent a couple hours in the Brucerius Kunst Forum to see the Max Pechstein exhibition. Max Pechstein was an expressionist German painter, who was part of the Art Group “Die Brücke”

He was highly influenced by the ideas and techniques of Van Gogh, Matisse and the Fauves. In the 30s Max Pechstein was vilified by the Nazis and most of his paintings were removed from German Museums and some of them displayed in the degenerate art exhibition of 1937. He was dismissed as an art professor by the Nazis and was only after World War II able again to teach art.

1912 – he dabbled a bit in cubism. I love how he painted the patterns and his usage of colors.

Pechstein was also a really good printmaker – and he seemed to have used any kind of paper he could find to do his prints.

I love the texture of the wood grain visible in his prints.

He loved painting his first wive Lotte- below in a painting which reminds a bit of Gaugin.

While his style seemed to change all the time – his use of color was very unique and consistent.

“Early Morning” – Oil on Canvas – he picked up the curves of his wife’s body in the landscape in the background.

Nidden Coastline with Fishing Boats – so very different yet again.

Fisher Boat – 1913

Monterosso el Mare, 1924

Amazing painting- it somehow reminded me a of painting by Max Beckmann of seals in a circus.

 

Sitting young man

Printed Christmas Cards showing him, his wife and his son – 1916

Sleeping Nude and Cat (1911) was one of my favorite paintings of his.

Kurenkähne am Deich, 1920 – watercolor and pencil – one of the few non-oil paintings.

Fischer Katen – 1932 – This shows the typical style of houses in the North of Germany .

And this one just glowed intensely and beautifully – a stunning piece. Sunset – 1921

and here are my friends Sandra and Liz who joined my this Art Stroll. Hope you enjoyed it :)

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