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  • ABSTRACTION
    Trends in Art around 1950

    The start of the Cold War brought the stylistic diversity of the early post-war period in Germany to an end, as political opposition between the Western powers and the Eastern Bloc was reflected in art. Under pressure from the Soviet Union, Socialist Realism became dominant in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and in the other Eastern Bloc states. By contrast, in Western Europe and the USA abstraction was the predominant style.

    Abstraction was understood as the “language of freedom”, not obliged to follow any rules at all. This concentration on colour, form and expression led to criticism of abstract art as “bourgeois formalism” in the GDR. Artists developed ever new forms of expression in non-representational painting. Fred Thieler and Hann Trier, for example, experimented with a wide range of techniques such as collage or “drip painting”. In abstract photography as well, the creative search concentrated on structures and forms.

Exhibited Objects

Results:  5

Tales for W. Turner
  • 1962
  • Mischtechnik auf Leinwand
  • 160 x 315 cm (Bildmaß)
Vibration VIII
  • 1957
  • Öl auf Leinwand
  • 147 x 98 cm (Bildmaß)
Untitled
  • 1954
  • Mischtechnik auf Holz
  • 73 x 57 cm (Bildmaß)
Thicket
    • Fritz Brill (1904 - 1997)

  • Thicket

  • 1949
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 48,4 x 59 cm (Bildmaß)
Negative shadow
  • 1949
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 47,5 x 58,5 cm (Bildmaß)