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Willi Baumeister

Stuttgart 1889 - Stuttgart 1955


During his apprenticeship as a decorative painter Willi Baumeister already visited evening classes at the Stuttgart "Kunstakademie". From 1909 to 1912 he attended Adolf Hölzel's composition class where he first met the later "Bauhaus" painter Oskar Schlemmer who was to become a life-long friend.
In 1919-20 he produced his first "Mauerbilder", panels with a wall-like relief structure - created by adding sand and putty to the paint - and cubist forms. These works brought about Baumeister's international breakthrough.
In 1928 the Frankfurt "Städelschule" appointed the artist to run the applied arts, typography and fabric printing class. Willi Baumeister joined the "Cercle Carré" in 1930 and in 1931 he became a member of "Abstraction Création".
During the "Third Reich" Baumeister was banned as a "degenerate" artist and rarely showed himself in public. During the war Baumeister wrote the book "Das Unbekannte in der Kunst" (The Unknown in Art) which was first published in 1947. During these years as a "degenerate artist" he spent his time studying prehistoric and Oriental art, which was to provide him with the motifs for his "Eidos" pictures and "Ideogrammes".
He resumed teaching after the war when he accepted a post at the "Kunstakademie" in Stuttgart. With his extensive oeuvre and his art-theoretic publications Willi Baumeister is considered one of the most important modern German artists. His varied oeuvre ranges from figurative works at the beginning to increasingly abstract forms.


August Macke - Mädchen mit blauen Vögeln (Kind mit blauen Vögeln)
August Macke
Mädchen mit blauen Vögeln (Kind mit blauen Vögeln)
2,220,000 $
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Erich Heckel - Kinder
Erich Heckel
Kinder
666,000 $
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Emil Nolde - Rittersporn und Silberpappeln
Emil Nolde
Rittersporn und Silberpappeln
555,000 $
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Ringer
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Ringer
444,000 $
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Hermann Max Pechstein - In der Hängematte/Boote auf der Ostsee (Rückseite)
Hermann Max Pechstein
In der Hängematte/Boote auf der Ostsee (Rückseite)
333,000 $
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Max Beckmann - Holländischer Radfahrweg
Max Beckmann
Holländischer Radfahrweg
333,000 $
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay - Chromatische Ketten
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Chromatische Ketten
333,000 $
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Wintermondnacht – Längmatte bei Monduntergang
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Wintermondnacht – Längmatte bei Monduntergang
277,500 $
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