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.