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March 24, 2016

March 24, 1977

Conrad Felixmuller (May 21, 1897 to March 24, 1977) the artist, was the son of a factory owner I think (Google translate was confusing). 

We add these notes (interspersed with information from Felixmuller's German wikipedia article):

In 1915 Felixmüller .... worked as a freelance artist in Dresden, but often went to Berlin, where he painted in Ludwig Meidner's studio. Conrad Felixmüller also contributed to the journal "
Der Sturm", published by Herwarth Walden.  In 1917 Felixmüller founded the art and literature journal "MENSCHEN" together with the book dealer Felix Stiemer, with Felixmüller being responsible for the graphic design like he was in "Der Sturm".

Felximuller in 1917 refused to serve as a soldier and was assigned work in a hospital.

At the same time he had exhibitions at Hans Goltz's in Munich and at the Dresden "Galerie Arnold" together with Heckel, Kirchner and Schmidt-Rottluff. In 1918 Conrad Felixmüller moved to Dresden, where he became the founder and chairman of the "Dresdner Sezession" and joined the "November-Gruppe". At the same time Felixmüller worked for various newspapers (e.g. "Die Sichel" in Regensburg and "Rote Erde" in Hamburg) and published several literary texts such as his autobiography "Mein Werden" ...or his thoughts on "Künstlerische Gestaltung" (artistic design).

Elsewhere we learn more about his domestic life:

Felixmüller married Londa, Baroness von Berg, at the end of the war in 1918 and their first child, Luca was born. These two personal events stimulated a momentous change of mood in Felixmüller's paintings: he slowly left behind the political and social criticisms of his earlier works and began to dedicate himself to the depiction of the happy life he shared with his family, his favourite models being his wife Londa and his two sons.
In 1933 40 of the artist's paintings were shown at the Dresden exhibition of "Degenerate Art".  In 1934 the artist moved to Berlin-Charlottenburg, hoping to be able to work more freely there. In 1937 151 of his works were confiscated from public collections. 

The Nazis destroyed in 1938-1939 another 151 of his works.

In 1941 the artist's Berlin home was destroyed by bombs. Felixmüller sought refuge in Damsdorf ... In 1944 the painter moved to Tautenhain. That same year he was called-up for military service. After a short time in Sovjet captivity, Conrad Felixmüller returned to Tautenhain in 1945. 

In 1949 he was appointed professor at the Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle, where he taught drawing and painting at the faculty of education.  After his retirement in 1961 Conrad Felixmüller returned to Berlin.

In 1967 Felixmuller arrived in West Berlin and spent his last decade there.

Before his death in 1977 numerous exhibitions took place in East and West Germany, Paris, Rome, Bologna and Florence.

This biographical sketch is important in view of the artistic significance of this artist, and his undeserved lack of renown in this country.

This portrait (and his portraits are exceptional) is an example--

This work is at the same level as Sargent's, only Felixmuller is conveying emotion while Sargent conveyed, the gleam on fabrics.

And here is a cat with flowers. 

and here a portrait

This picture of Mo von Haugk, is dated to 1932, and is perhaps the last remnants of Weimar sophistication.

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