The Breslau Art Academy: Gerhart Hein and His Companions

Mainly between 1900 and 1932, the Breslau Academy of Arts was one of the major art colleges in Prussia. At that time, it furthered the development of modernism in the arts. Among its teaching staff there were renowned and trendsetting artists. Gerhart Hein (1910 – 1998) was one of those students who attended the academy at that innovative time. 
 
In 1929, by chance, Otto Mueller’s attention was attracted to the 19-year old Hein by a portrait drawing. Convinced of his talent, the young man was allowed to start his studies at the academy at once, without entrance exam or preparatory class. Among his teachers were Otto Mueller, one of the most influential expressionists, the Matisse-student Oskar Moll, the draughtsman Paul Holz and Johannes Molzahn, a prominent representative of abstract art. Hein cultivated a friendship with the artist Marg Moll, also a member of the academy’s inner circle.
 
When the academy closed down in 1932, Hein continued his studies at Molzahn’s master studio. During their propaganda action ‘Degenerate Art’ the National Socialists confiscated also one of Hein’s still lifes. From 1947 on, after war and his incarceration, the painter again devoted himself to his artistic work – besides earning a living.
 
The gallery presents water colours, mixed media and ink drawings from the artist’s estate. His works show unique abstract combinations of colour structures, which Hein himself described as ‘imaginary substance’. In our exhibition, his paintings are framed by works of his Breslau teachers. 
 
Vernissage: Thursday, 18 January 2018, 6 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Kornelia von Berswordt-Wallrabe, art historian and former director of the State Museum Schwerin, will give the opening speech.
 
We are very much obliged to Almuth Hein, the artist’s daughter, for the support she gave us in realising this exhibition.

 

Gerhart Hein | Segelboote | 1960 | Mischtechnik mit Collage | signiert u. datiert | 58,5 x 74
Gerhart Hein | Segelboote | 1960 | Mischtechnik mit Collage | signiert u. datiert | 58,5 x 74