Heinrich Ehmsen Portrait Print - Frauen am Tempel. (Women at the Temple).
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Heinrich Ehmsen
Frauen am Tempel. (Women at the Temple).

1907

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Frauen am Tempel. (Women at the Temple). 1907. Linoleum cut. Lang 20. 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 (sheet 23 1/2 x 18 3/8). Edition size not stated. Lang was unable to obtain an image of this early state for the catalogue. He illustrates only the 1965 edition with the title in woodcut added in the blank space lower left. A rare early working proof, retouched by the artist with his ink changes. A richly-inked impression printed on soft antique japan, with ample margins. Signed "Heinz Ehmsen," dated and annotated "D.dorf" (Dusseldorf) in pencil. Housed in a 24 x 20--inch archival mat, suitable for framing. Ehmsen was born in Kiel on August 9, 1886. He apprenticed in decorative painting and studied extensively into his early twenties. From 1906 to 1909 Heinrich Ehmsen attended the Düsseldorf Kunstgewerbeschule, where he was taught by leading exponents of Jugendstil such as Peter Behrens and Jan Thorn-Prikker. In 1909 Ehmsen spent a year in Paris, where he was inspired for his future work. From 1911 until 1928 Ehmsen worked as a freelance artist in Munich, interrupted by World War I and several trips. After his move to Munich, the Blauer Reiter group of artists began to influence Ehmsen's creative work and his art became more critical of society. influence Ehmsen's creative work and his art became more critical of society. He served on the front lines in World War I and created his best-known work "The Execution" shortly after the war. Ehmsen met his companion Lis Bertram while teaching at an art school. He spent nine months in the Soviet Union with Bertram in 1923 and his work changed from landscapes and portraits to the politically charged themes of war, revolution and big city life. He moved to Berlin in 1929 and subsequently joined the November Group. In 1933 he was taken into custody because of his contacts with the Communist party. His work was declared "degenerate" in 1937 and was removed from fifteen public collections. He served in the propaganda division during WWII, but began painting pictures of ruins, refugees and concentration camps shortly thereafter. His travels abroad with Bertram led to the creation of portraits, pictures of his travels and anti-war themes. After battling a long illness, he died on May 6, 1964.

Details

  • Artist
    Heinrich Ehmsen (1886 - 1964, German)
  • Creation Year
    1907
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
    Jugendstil
  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 24 in. x W 20 in. x D .5 in.H 60.96 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 1.27 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Storrs, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU33521079513
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