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Amiet, Cuno  

Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 28 March 1868, in Solothurn; died 1961, in Oschwand (Bern).

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, engraver, lithographer, sculptor. Figure compositions, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes.

Die Brücke group. School of Pont-Aven.

Cuno Amiet began his artistic training under Frank Buchser in Feldbrunnen from 1884 to 1886. From 1886 to 1888 he trained at the academy of fine art in Munich. From 1888 to 1891 he trained under the guidance of William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury at the Académie Julian in Paris. Up to that point he had been influenced by Impressionism, which was still very much in evidence. Then in 1892, he went to Pont-Aven and made contact with O'Connor, Émile Bernard, Sérusier and Armand Seguin. They introduced him to the ideas and techniques suggested by Gauguin to those who would soon be classed as the École de Pont-Aven. They would also call themselves 'Nabis'....


Bleyl, Fritz  

German, 20th century, male.

Born 1880; died 1966.

Architect, painter.

Die Brücke group.

Fritz Bleyl was an architecture student at the Dresden technical high school. He met Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, together with whom he founded The Bridge ( Die Brücke...


Brücke, Wilhelm  

German, 19th century, male.

Born in Stralsund.

Painter. Genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes, architectural views.

Brücke worked in Berlin around 1840 to 1845.

Hanover: Views of the New Guards Barracks in Berlin; View of the Palace of Frederick William III; View of the Palace of King Ernest August of Hanover in Berlin...


Heckel, Erich  

German, 20th century, male.

Born 31 July 1883, in Döbeln (Saxony); died 1970, in Radolfzell.

Painter, engraver.

Die Brücke group.

Erich Heckel studied architecture at the technical university in Dresden in 1904–1905; his fellow students included Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, and Karl Schmitt-Rottluf. As a group, they were passionate about the ferment of artistic expression resulting from the Munich Jugenstil movement, which would later come to be regarded as one of the wellsprings of 20th century art. Heckel settled in Berlin on his return from World War I, having served in the medical corps in Belgium for the duration. In 1937, the Nazis confiscated 729 of his canvases, declaring his work ‘degenerate’. During World War II, his studio was destroyed in a bombardment in 1944, and he then settled in Hemmenhofen. After the war, he was appointed professor at the academy of arts in Karlsruhe from either 1945 or 1949 to 1954....


Mueller, Otto  

German, 20th century, male.

Born 16 October 1874, in Liebau (Silesia); died 24 September 1930, in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland).

Painter, lithographer. Figures, nudes, figure compositions.

Groups: Die Brücke, Arbeitsrat für Kunst.

Otto Mueller's gypsy mother was raised in the home of the authors Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann. Her origins would prove a recurrent theme throughout his career. Mueller studied lithography in Görlitz from 1880 to 1894, then studied until 1896 at the academy in Dresden and under Franz von Stuck in Munich. Between 1894 and 1896, Mueller lived alternately in Switzerland and Italy and also spent time in Munich, Dresden and Liebau. He eventually settled in Berlin in 1908, meeting the sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck and the painter Erich Heckel. Mueller was excluded from the Secession in 1910 and aligned himself with ...


Nolde, Emil  

German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 7 August 1867, in Nolde; died 13 April 1956, in Siekbüll (Schleswig).

Painter, engraver, lithographer, sculptor. Religious subjects, figure compositions, figures, landscapes, seascapes.

Die Brücke, Dachau Artists’ Colony.

The son of a farmer, Emil Nolde’s early economic and social conditions were not conducive to an artistic career. He developed his talents as an apprentice woodcarver from 1884 to 1888 in Flensburg, with Heinrich Sauermann. He then worked as a designer in furniture factories in Munich, Karlsruhe, and Berlin. It was in Karlsruhe, from 1888, that he took up drawing and painting, initially at evening classes, then full-time at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts). From 1889 to 1892, he lived in Berlin, where he worked as a design draughtsman for the Pfaff furniture factory. In 1892, he taught ornamental draughtsmanship at the Gewerbemuseum at St Gall, Switzerland, where he stayed for seven years. It was here that he began to draw and paint watercolours of landscapes and faces in his spare time....


Schumann, Wilhelm  

German, 19th century, male.

Active in Berlin.

Painter. Genre scenes, portraits.

Wilhelm Schumann was the pupil of Brucke and contributed to exhibitions at the academy in Berlin from 1830 to 1844.