Posts Tagged ‘essen’

Artist of the moment……..Joseph Paul Vorst


Joseph Paul Vorst was a German Impressionist painter. Joseph Vorst was born in Essen, Germany in the year 1897. The artist worked as painter and printmaker. Vorst also created many murals for the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)

Vorst attended the Folkwang University for the Arts in Hagen, Germany. He left college to participate in World War One. From this effort he received a permanent limp. After college he would finish his studies at the National Academy of Art located in Berlin.

Vorst came to the United States in 1930 and would settle in the Missouri region. Vorst was heavily influenced by American painter Thomas Hart Benton.

Joseph Vorst passed away in 1947.

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I enjoy the exaggerated features Vorst used in his depictions of the farmers. Their large and heavy hands and feet show the difficulty of their lifestyle.


Artist of the moment…….David D. Stern

David D. Stern was born in Essen, Germany in the year 1956. Stern paints the figure with a very thick impasto technique. The end result  is a figure lost in a sea of abstracted shapes.

For his artistic education Stern attended the Dusseldorf Art Academy. In addition Stern attended the F.H. Dortmund Art School located in Dortmund, Germany.

Stern moved to the United States in 1994 settling in New York City in 1995.

The artist was affected by the events of September 11, 2001 and his artistic output slowed. In recent years however Stern has been active again as a painter.

David Stern is based out of New York City.

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In this clip a brief biography on David Stern:

What a great paint surface the artist achieves. The work is both figurative and very abstract at the same time.