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Dietz Edzard

*  1893 Bremen
† 1963 Paris


With his very own post-impressionist painting, Dietz Edzard put a contrast to Modernism.
Dietz Edzard was born in Bremen in 1893. Dietz Edzard learned his trade in Berlin, where he was active for no one less than Max Beckmann as of 1911. Apart from that the artist was mainly self-taught.
Dietz Edzard was active in the Rhineland and in Bremen, between 1918 and 1920 he was in Holland. As of 1922 Dietz Edzard lived in Herrsching am Ammersee, a lake-side town near Munich. Up until the middle of the decade he went on trips to Lithuania, Switzerland and Courland. In 1927 Dietz Edzard visited the Provence and settled in Paris in 1928.
As painter Dietz Edzard was remarkably successful. After he had initially made gloomy religious scenes, Dietz Edzard's style began to change as of 1925. From that time on his style followed the traditions of Post-impressionism: He executed tender female figures, dancers, portraits, social scenes and odalisques in a light palette and a soft and pastose stroke of the brush onto the canvas. Works by Dietz Edzard must be seen in direct succession of Edgar Degas and continue this heritage into the new century. Collectors, especially Americans, were particularly fond of works by Dietz Edzard.
Despite his traditional style Dietz Edzard was still oppressed by the NS regime. Five of his works were defamed as "degenerate art" and were destroyed.
Works by Dietz Edzard can not only be found in German museums, but also in international ones like the National Museum in Cardiff (Wales) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Dietz Edzard died in Paris in 1963.