Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Carl Fredrik Reutersward
20th Century Portraits. On show a series of artists who realised portraits, often commissions. Among the well-known examples are portraits by Franz Gertsch, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. The bizarre portraits by C. F. Reutersward and the artists he thought up as well as Pablo Picasso's numerous portraits of his wives and other women in his life count among the many variations in existence on this theme.
As photography became popular, and cameras became smaller and lighter, thereby easier to use, most people's desire to have an artist realise a painted or drawn portrait dwindled. Artistic portraits, from then on, tended to be limited to self-portraits of the artist, as those concerned with the issue of identity, as artists often are, as well as issues of dealing with growing older, the passage of time, the transience of life, valued self-portraiture as a means of creating a “memento mori“. A well-known example of this phenomenon is Max Beckmann who, over the course of his life continually realised images of himself in prints, drawings and paintings.
A few other exceptions deserve mention here: artists, who realised entire series of portraits, often commissions. Among the well-known examples are portraits by Franz Gertsch, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. The bizarre portraits by C. F. Reuterswärd and the artists he thought up as well as Pablo Picasso's numerous portraits of his wives and other women in his life count among the many variations in existence on this theme.
Additional portraits in this exhibition include those by Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel, Otto Müller, Marc Chagall, Fritz Burger-Mühlfeld, August Heitmüller, Grete Jürgens, Edgar Scheibe, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, Dieter Rot, and Horst Antes among others.
Image: Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait with a Donnish Hat, 1921. Dry point etching on handmade paper, 32 x 24.5 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008; photograph: Michael Herling/Aline Gwose
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