Archive for March 27, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Ernst Wilhelm Nay





Ernst Wilhelm Nay was born in 1902 in Berlin, Germany and was a wonderful abstract artist.
Nay attended the Berlin Art Academy and studied under Karl Hofer. Hofer was known for working with the female figure and also landscapes. Below is an example of Hofer’s art.

Price range info: The artist was very prolific in all mediums with lithographs ranging from $1000 to $3000. Oils range from $20,000 to $400,000. Watercolors range $10,000 to $90,000.
In this clip we see a montage of Nay’s art:

Another montage of art by Ernst Nay:

If you enjoy the abstract works of Nay, be sure to check out Antoni Tapies who works in a similar style. I have blogged about Tapies.
Nay took off for Rome in the 1930s and experimented with Surrealist painting.

After winning a grant from the painter Munch he painted in Norway.

Nay participated in a show that some important critics hated. As a result he was forbidden to paint any longer. In 1940 he was drafted into service in the German Armed Forces. Nay was sent to France where he made friends with a sculptor that allowed Nay to work in his studio any time he chosr.Nay could work at improving his art in private.

Nay passed away in 1968.