Sensitive and powerful
In the 1910s and 20s the Dresdener Conrad Felixmüller (1897–1977) was one of the most well-known and successful young artists in Germany. The highly talented youth confidently painted his way through expressionism and cubism before finally becoming a protagonist of New Objectivity.
Felixmüller retrospectively described the year of the Weimar Republic as a time alternating between 'felicity and fighting spirit'. His paintings, drawings and prints reflect this heightened sense of life in touching portraits, sensitive milieu studies and powerful figural images sustained by political commitment.
The Hamburg exhibition brings together around 80 works from the years 1918 to 1933, including some rarely shown paintings and two privately owned oak reliefs. Significant loans come from the Chemnitz Art Collection – Museum Gunzenhauser, the Lindenau Museum Altenburg, the German Historical Museum Berlin and the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue from Wienand Verlag in Cologne (272 pages with more than 250 reproductions, German, hardcover).