Original limited edition fine art print by Willi Baumeister; Komposition in Grün, 1954 (Green composition)
Serigraphy in color on grained thick cardboard signed in pencil by the artist on lower right and numbered on lower left edge in pencil. One of an edition of 70 numbered and signed serigraphies.
Dimensions: Sizes: Full sheet: 54 x 71 cm – Image: 42 x 51 cm
Work is not framed
Editor and publisher Kunstverlag Fingerle, Esslingen, Germany
Catalogue reference: Spielmann; Baumeister 205.
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Willi BAUMEISTER (1889 – 1955)
He is a German abstract painter who was a significant German artist of his time and who stood apart from Expressionism. Between 1911 and 1914 he had several stays in Paris; sometimes in company with his close friend Oskar Schlemmer and his early work was influenced by Cubism.
After military service in the First World War, he began to develop a personal style in a series of wall paintings, so called because he added sand, putty, etc., to his pigments to give a textured effect. In the mid-1920s his work became more figurative, in a manner recalling Léger and the Purists. He met Léger, Le Corbusier, and Ozenfant when he revisited Paris in 1924, and his work received considerable acclaim in France. In 1928 he was appointed professor of typography at the Städel School in Frankfurt, but in 1933 he was dismissed by the Nazis, who declared his work degenerate. From then until the end of the Second World War he worked in obscurity in Stuttgart. During this time his painting became freer, with suggestions of primitive imagery, creating a kind of abstract Surrealism. His interest in imagery from the subconscious was described in his book Das Unbekannte in der Kunst (The Unknown in Art), published in 1947. After the war Baumeister became a hero to a younger generation of German abstract artists. From 1946 until his death he was a professor at the Stuttgart Academy.
March 19, 2016