“Bewegte Vertikalen Auf Blau, 1953” (“Moving Vertical on Blue”) was created by Willi Baumeister, an exceptional German “nonrepresentationalist.” This abstraction is filled with unstructured black forms, intense colors and high energy. Initially inspired by Impressionism and Cubism, Baumeister (1889 – 1955) became famous worldwide for wall-like relief structures embellished with Cubist forms created from a mixture of sand, putty and paint. Banned as a “degenerate artist” during the Third Reich, Baumeister wrote and studied art during this period. With a remarkable range of figurative works and abstractions, Baumeister is respected as one of Germany’s most influential modern artists.
German “nonrepresentationalist” Willi Baumeister (1889 – 1955) was a remarkable artist whose works broke the traditional links between form and color. Inspired by Impressionism and Cubism, Baumeister was a member of several leading artistic groups. His fame spread worldwide when he created wall-like Cubist relief structures combining paint, sand and putty. Banished as a “degenerate artist” during the Third Reich, Baumeister devoted this period to writing and studying art. A visionary whose creativity encompassed figurative works and abstractions, Baumeister is one of Germany’s most significant modern artists.