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Carl Buchheister
Waltraud Cooper
Inge Gutbrod
Vanessa Henn
Ottmar Hörl
Johannes Itten
Imi Knoebel
Gerold Miller
François Morellet
Aurelie Nemours
Paola Pivi
Hans Peter Reuter
Diet Sayler
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Meg Shirayama
Klaus Staudt
Jochen Twelker
Wolfram Ullrich
Victor Vasarely
Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart
Peter Weber
Martin Willing
Beat Zoderer
Matti Kujasalo
Ilja Tschaschnik
Carl Buchheister (1890–1964)
Composition with a Blue Square, 1926/ca. 1933

Oil on plywood 65,5 x 52,5 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2005
Carl Buchheister created his first constructive works in 1925. Similar to the revolutionary efforts of the Russian avant-garde, Buchheister and the members of the “abstract hannover” group followed socio-political goals in their art. A manifesto published in 1927 asserted: “Art’s goal and reason to exist is the creation of new people who will comprise the new society. Therefore, art has a major task.”
To take steps toward making his utopia a reality, Buchheister reproduced some of his paintings. He did not print, but rather repainted the painting in question. The composition shown here, Blue Square from 1933, is a repetition of a 1926 painting. Buchheister’s goal was to reduce prices for his work through the creation of an edition — a maximum of six of the same image were created each time. His goal here was to allow people of lower means to purchase one of his constructive paintings.
His activities in geometric-constructive image design were interrupted by his defamation as a “degenerate” artist through National-Socialist cultural-political agendas.
1890 born in Hannover
Seit 1919 active as a freelance painter (autodidact)
1921 met Kurt Schwitters
1926-1934 Beginning of his abstract painting, lyrically abstract until 1926, then constructive geometric
1926 Founding of the abstrakten hannover artist group with Schwitters, Nitschke, Jahns, Vordemberge-Gildewart and Domela, Buchheister was chairman
1931-1936 Member of the Abstraction-Création group in Paris
1933 Confiscation and destruction of his works as ›degenerate‹
1964 died in Hannover