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on Jun 10, 2015 in | Comments Off on Johann Heinrech Vogeler

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11 3/8 x 9 inches mounted on board measuring approximately 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
Signed Vogeler lower right in pencil
circa 1907
Convex curling with concave horizontal crease and foxing

(b Bremen, 12 Dec 1872; d nr Karaganda, Kazakh SSSR, [now Kazakhstan], 14 June 1942). German painter, printmaker and architect. He studied from 1890 to 1893 in D?sseldorf. In 1895 he bought the Barkenhoff in Worpswede, near Bremen. Soon afterwards, with colleagues from the WORPSWEDE COLONY, including Fritz Mackensen, Fritz Overbeck (1869-1909), Hans am Ende (1864-1918) and Otto Modersohn (1865-1943), he exhibited successfully at the Glaspalast in Munich. He provided illustrations for the periodical Die Insel, and undertook the interior decoration of the G?ldenkammer in Bremen. In 1906 he visited Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for convalescence and in 1909 he went to England to study the principles of the garden city movement. He served in the German army in World War I, his writing of a pacifist letter to the Emperor in January 1918 prompting an official inquiry into his state of mental health. In 1919 he founded the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Barkenhoff in Worpswede, in an unsuccessful attempt to create an Arbeitsschule and a utopian community. From 1920 to 1926 he painted the Barkenhoff-Diele, the hall at Barkenhoff, with scenes from the revolutionary political struggle.