Oil over book cover, laminated on cardboard by the artist
Bernd Schwarzer (born 1954) - German artist
Verso titled, dated and inscribed 'Deutsch-Europäisches Weimar (Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal) / B. Schwarzer, 1992'
Overall dimensions, framed: 57 x 132.5 cm; image size: 31 x 66 cm
Provenance: Private Portuguese collection
The works of the 'political artist' Bernd Schwarzer are highly valued on the international art market; similar works by Bernd Schwarzer currently fetch up to more than 46,000 euros
Bernd Schwarzer (b. 1954) has created this work in mixed media, titled 'Deutsch-Europäisches Weimar (Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal)', in 1992. It shows a picture of the famous Goethe-Schiller monument in Weimar right above the word 'Weimar'. Schwarzer has used a book-cover as a base for his painting that he has then covered with relief-like blue, yellow and red layers of oil colour. On the right are visible fragments of a text, appearing as if by accident also on the left side, showing a few letters and again the word 'Weimar'. Bernd Schwarzer, who deals in his works of art with political and social issues such as the German reunification, the European Union and human rights, here presents a tribute to his home town of Weimar. This historic site, a symbol of the German poetic activity, is literally on fire through Schwarzer's glowing oil relief. However, with the title, he also indicates the importance of Weimar for the European culture.
The work is titled on the reverse, dated and inscribed 'Buchumschlag: Übermalung / Titel: Deutsch-Europäisches Weimar (Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal) / B. Schwarzer, 1992', with additional notes. It is in very good condition, showing only minimal signs of use. It is framed 'floating' in glazed gallery frame. The simple natural wood frame has minimal wear. The overall dimensions, including the frame, are 57 x 132.5 cm; the image dimensions are 31 x 66 cm.
Bernd Schwarzer (b. 1954)
A native of Weimar, Bernd Schwarzer devoted himself to painting at a young age. He copied such famous artists as Vincent van Gogh. From 1976 to 1983, Schwarzer studied painting at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. His teacher was Werner Schiefers. He then attended the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where he was, among others, a guest student of Joseph Beuys. Since 1984, Schwarzer has been working as a freelance artist in Dusseldorf, Cologne and Weimar. In 2000, he was a visiting professor at the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk. Works by Bernd Schwarzer are found in many prominent international museums, including the Ludwig Museum in St. Petersburg, the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, the State Art Collection and the Albertina in Vienna, as well as in the collection of the German Foreign Office in Berlin.
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