Reminiscent of Nolde
AlfredKohler-roteBlume Berlin, 21 June 2007 (kk) - Until 11 August 2007, some 25 works by Alfred Kohler are being shown by Ketterer Kunst at 70 Fasanenstrasse, Berlin. Works by Alfred Kohler have been acquired by the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A native of Schwabach, the artist is best known for his flower watercolours, that are occasionally reminiscent of Emil Nolde’s work.
Alfred Kohler (*1916) attended the Nuremberg Art Academy from 1933 until 1935 before transferring in 1937 to the Munich Art Academy. At only eighteen, he was the youngest student there but was admitted to the master classes after only one semester.
During his Munich period, Kohler developed a distinctive style of his own and first showed work publicly. From 1938 until 1970, he was represented by the distinguished Munich gallery Galerie Günter Franke, where his work figured prominently in the permanent exhibition alongside Beckmann, Corinth, Heckel, Klee, Kokoschka and, of course, Nolde. Like his contemporaries, Kohler, too, was proscribed as “degenerate” in 1939 and was forbidden to paint. Nevertheless, his gallerist ensured that Kohler’s work continued to be sold abroad, thus securing a livelihood for the artist.
Alfred Kohler is regarded as one of the last exponents of Classical Modernism. He was particularly fond of working in watercolour but painted in oils more rarely. In the 1950s, moreover, he created stained glass windows for the Nürnberg Town Hall, the Planetarium and the Conservatory of Music. Highly acclaimed - especially in Paris - were his landscapes, still lifes, expressively vibrant character portraits and later a series of erotic works.
The works by Alfred Kohler are for sale at Ketterer Kunst, Fasanenstrasse 70, Berlin, where they can be viewed until 11 August 2007. Opening hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am - 7 pm and Saturday 11 am - 4 pm. Prices range from € 2800 to € 5000. For more information, please call +49-030-88675-363.
Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has developed into one of the most important auction houses dealing in fine art and books. The headquarter in the Prinz-Alfons-Palais in Munich currently holds two traditional auctions each year, Modern Art & Post War, and two auctions take place each year in the Meßberghof in Hamburg with the following titles: Old Masters and Art of the 19th Century/Maritime Art and Rare Books - Autographs - Manuscripts - Decorative Prints as well as Modern Art & Post War (the emphasis here is on works on paper). In addition there are special auctions and charity auctions taking place as well as live online auctions.
Berlin, 21 June 2007