Posts Tagged ‘german’

Artist of the moment……….Alexander Max Koester




Alexander Max Koester was a German painter renown for working with ducks as his main subject. Max Koester was born in what is now the city of Bergneustadt, Germany  in the year 1864.

The artist originally went to school to become a pharmacist. He dropped out in order to pursue a new goal of becoming a professional artist. Koester attended the Karlsruhe Academy where he was able to learn from contemporary German artists Carl Hoff and Claus Meyer.

As a student he was able to earn a great deal of money by painting portraits of people.

Max Koester passed away in 1932.

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolors and pastels which can be found starting at $10,000. Original works in oil can command $500,000.

What an outstanding painter of ducks! I love the strong brushwork that Koester had, it reminds me of John Singer Sargent. Very bold colorful strokes which led to him sculpting the ducks with his brush.

The artist also had a great skill at painting clouds and water and making them a great abstract part of the painting.



Artist of the moment………Street Artist ECB a.k.a. Hendrik Beikirch


Hendrik Beikirch is a German street artist renown for his very large black and white murals. Hendrik Beikirch was born in Kassel, Germany in the year 1974.

Beikirch attended college in Koblenz, Germany at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

In this clip we view one of ECB’s largest murals that he made in India of Ghandi:



In this clip we view an exhibition from ECB that featured people that he saw whilst walking in the streets or on subways:

The artist is based out of Koblenz, Germany.

ECB began working with spray paint in 1989.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

ECB reminds me most of another artist known for his portrait photography black and white images, JR. Its great that both artists capture people that you may see whilst traveling about town.

Below a link for the blog of ECB. Very informative with many pictures:


Artist of the moment……..Andrea Büttner


Andrea Büttner is a contemporary German artist who works in multiple mediums including printmaking, reverse glass painting, sculpture, and video art. Andrea Büttner was born in Stuttgart, Germany in the year 1972.

Büttner received a top notch education in the arts having attended the Berlin University of the Arts and Humboldt University located in Berlin, Germany. Büttner went on to earn a Ph.D from the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

The artist is based out of London, England and Mainz, Germany.

Below a short documentary on Andrea Büttner by the Tate Modern:

Her first major solo exhibition took place in 2007.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Büttner is a tremendously gifted artist capable working in any medium. My favorite works of the artist are her black and white prints that always contain a great deal of emotion.


Artist of the moment…….Agnes Weinrich




Agnes Weinrich was painter renown for her modernist and abstract style. Agnes Weinrich was born in Des Moines County, Iowa in the year 1873. Her parents were immigrants from Germany and were very successful as farmers in America.

Her father was able to retire from farming and move to the city. Her father also started to visit Germany and acquaint himself with his old relatives. Weinrich’s father passed away, and each of his children inherited enough money to live out the rest of their lives without taking a job. Her father must have been quite a farmer!

Weinrich graduated from Burlington Collegiate Institute. The artist also attended the Art Student’s League of Chicago in addition to studying with painter Charles Hawthorne.

The artist began her career as an Impressionistic painter. Later in her career as she became an active printmaker, Weinrich would focus on color and flat images that can remind one of Alex Katz.

Agnes Weinrich passed away at the age of 73 years of age in 1946.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, pastels, crayons, and as a woodblock printmaker. Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

The later works of Weinrich are wonderful examples of a mixture of painting schools including Cubism and Abstraction.




Artist of the moment……….Edith Schloss



Edith Schloss was an expatriate American painter renown for her abstract expressionist art. Schloss worked as a painter, assemblage artist, and collage artist. The artist studied languages in several European countries before moving to the United States before World War 2.

Once in the United States the artist settled in New York City. She attended the Art Student’s League of New York and also Cooper Union College.

Edith Schloss was born in Offenbach, Germany in the year 1919.

Schloss was married to photographer and film producer Rudy Burckhardt. The marriage was short lived but the couple had a son. Schloss moved to Italy and enjoyed a lengthy career as a writer, though she still painted.

Schloss was known for being friends everyone who was important in the New York City art world.

Edith Schloss passed away in 2011. The artist was 92 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available.



Artist of the moment………..William Wendt



William Wendt was a German/American painter renown for his impressionist landscapes. William Wendt was born in Bentzen, Germany in the year 1865.

The artist emigrated to the United States in 1880 at the age of fifteen. The artist settled in Chicago, Illinois. Wendt worked as a commercial illustrator and attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

In this clip a montage of works by William Wendt:

The artist married a sculptor named Julia Wendt. Wendt taught at the Otis Art Institute located in Los Angeles.

Wendt was a founding member of the California Art Club.

For much of his life in California Wendt was based out of Laguna Beach. It was during his time spent in California that Wendt became a terrific painter of the outdoors and also sunsets.

William Wendt passed away in 1946.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $350,000. Wendt worked mainly with oils but occasional produced pastel works.

I enjoy the use of color by Wendt. The artist used a small amount of purples on mauves in his landscapes to show distant mountains. He avoids a problem that I see in many landscape works, too much green. Though in person a summer scene may have an overwhelming amount of greens, its tough for these works to sell as green is a tough color to match in the interior wall of house.

Another artist to check review who painted in similar style to Wendt would be Ovanes Berberien.


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.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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……….Otto Freundlich


Otto Freundlich was among the first Abstract artists. Otto Freundlich was born in Stolpe, Germany in the year 1878. The artist exhibited his works with several of the more modern societies of artists including the Dada group.

Before becoming an artist Freundlich had aspirations of being a dentist.

His work was seen as degenerate by the Nazis. Much of his work is thought to have been destroyed by Nazi powers.

After the first world war the artist lived in Paris, France. Whilst still living in France he was detained by the authorities in 1943. The artist was taken to a concentration camp where he was killed the first day he arrived.

The artist had a talent for layering many unique shapes in his work but his works don’t look cluttered at all.

Price range information: The artist worked as a printmaker, and also with oils, pastels, and gouache. Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Below we view a show featuring the art of Otto Freundlich:


Artist of the moment…….Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger was an American born painter renown for his modernist work with the figure. Lyonel Feininger was born in New York City in the year 1871. When he was 16 he left for Germany and studied art abroad. His father was a German violinist and his mother an American singer.

Feininger was a prolific printmaker and painter.

Below a montage of works by Feininger:

The artist was living in Germany when the Nazi’s came to power. The Nazi party called his work degenerate and this caused Feininger to eventually move back to the United States.

Feininger began his art career working with caricatures and comic strips in national magazines. He made the switch from commercial art to fine art in 1907, Feininger was 36 years old at the time.

From my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow, we visit an appraisal for Feininger’s most recurring subject, churches and cathedrals:

The artist taught at the collegiate level joining the faculty at Mills College located in San Francisco, California.

Feininger was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Churches were a recurring theme in the artist’s work.

Lyonel Feininger passed away in 1956.

Price range information:  Sorry none available.

The artist had a great sense of design which is apparent in this works celebrating churches and cathedrals. Buildings are seen from multiple angles in a cubist style that also shows the vastness of the buildings.



Artist of the moment………Marco Breuer



Marco Breuer is a German artist renown for his abstract work with photography. Marco Breuer was born in Landshut, Bavaria in the south-east part of Germany. The artist attended  school in Germany eventually earning a degree in photography from the University of Applied Sciences. The artist tries to damage the paper as much as possible in some cases he burns it!

In this clip we view a show featuring Marco Breuer’s fantastic art with C-print papers:

In this clip we visit a show at the Von Lintel Gallery located in New York City from 2012:

I enjoy looking at Breuer’s photography as much as a master Ansel Adams because his approach is the exact opposite. Breuer takes advantage of the improvements made in C-print paper over the years and over his process pushes it to its breaking point. The artist exposes an undeveloped paper to light, whereas Ansel Adams best work came in the dark room, part of Breuer’s process is to expose the paper to light and leave the darkroom.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Breuer is part of numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City and Art Institute of Chicago.

The most fascinating idea about this artist is that he makes great images that have nothing to do with photographs.


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