Art & Design
"Der Blaue Reiter" - The German Expresssionist Movement
The German Expressionists have always been very close to my heart and a major source of my inspiration. For one, the group "Die Bruecke" was based in my home town of Berlin; but more specifically I remember my first experiences with gallery art: It was an exhibition of Modern Art in the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin I visited with my family when I was about 10.
One of the pictures that stuck in my memory most were the bright, fragmented animal paintings of Franz Marc. I believe it was either the one of his deer motifs, to this day I'm not absolutely sure which specific one. The sheer energy of the colors has always stuck with me, although I just recently made the jump from mostly black and white drawing and sketching to implementing the power of color.
This full color print book focuses on the founding of the artists group "Der Blaue Reiter" in Munich, and the strong influences the personal relationships between the individual painters. Kandinsky, Gabriele Muenter, Marc, Macke, Werefkin and Jawlensky were some of the main contributors to the movement and are feature in a separate section for their individual works. This book also features a wealth of photos of all the members in the famous Murnau "Russenhaus", on the inspirational Tunis vacation, and on various meetings and private get-togethers. It is amazing how much of this material is available after this much time.
It is an absolute tragedy that the First World War not only tore apart the members of different nationalities, but claimed the lives of some of them as well. It is yet another example of the absolute senselessness of war.
"DER BLAUE REITER" by Hatje Cantz
German Language / Hardcover
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