* 29 June 1895 in Ziesar (Brandenburg); † 1972 in Schwarz (Hessen)
German painter and graphic artist
Curt Ehrhardt is considered an important representative of the second generation of Expressionists. In 1916, as a law student in Berlin, he sees paintings by Picasso, Schwitters, and Marc in Herwarth Walden’s Sturm-Galerie. That event inspires him to devote himself in future, as an autodidact, exclusively to painting. As an artist, he finds his bearings in the avant-garde – influenced by the Sturm, in the Blaue Reiter as well as in Robert Delaunay’s Futurism and Orphism. He joins the 1918 founded November Group. In the early 1920s, he takes part in major exhibitions, as in the Große Berliner Kunstausstellung (in the division of the November group, with six paintings and three reliefs), 1921 in the exhibition of Expressionists in Chicago, and 1922 in the international art exhibition in Düsseldorf. At that time he breaks with the avant-garde of early Expressionism. During Hitler’s dictatorship he lives in inner emigration. Nevertheless, he devotes himself to painting, until he is called up to the Wehrmacht in 1939. In the GDR, he is not accepted as a member of the artists’ association, and, so, he is not allowed to take part in official exhibitions. Thus, he moves with about 2 000 of his works in 1966 to Schwarz in Hessen.
Works of his are to be found in the museum Wiesbaden, in the municipal gallery of Darmstadt, and in the Berlinische Galerie.