Blog: Sophie Taeuber-Arp
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.