Friday, June 22, 2018

Carl Lohse

Carl Lohse (1895-1965) worked in the domain of expressionism, and created some masterpiece works between 1919 and 1921. 
His works left their marks in the context of the artistic upheaval, which rose to popularity after the horrors of World War One. His personal history took its course through his paintings. He was dismissed by chance from captivity and even military service and was the only survivor of his fallen down company. His monumental paintings spoke of that experience. He painted expressive and larger than life heads and the daunting color contrasts complemented the depth of his horrified psyche.
His journey from Hamburg to Bischofswerda near Dresden in the October of 1919 changed the course of his artistic journey. He met with his destined creative fury as a result and found financial support to pursue his art. His creative rage shaped one by one, portraits, landscapes and cityscapes within only a year and a half, sequentially. His paintings created within this time span showed the remarkable freedom that the young artist had found in art creation. 
To the academic eye what was near reckless, his color contrast in his art proved that to be dramatic and deserving. The academically tame way was not his; his rhythms were way more energetic than that. His vision radically simplified the faces and the figures of the faces. 
His bold drawings broke the shapes of those larger-than-life portraits that he modeled on plaster. His experiments with his creations were somewhat ruthless and rash, which shaped different imagery of expressionism, cubism, and futurism and led him the way towards absolute abstraction.

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