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Description of Pictures: German Expressionism
In 2011, the Museum received an extraordinary gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger: 48 exceptional works by the leaders of the German and Austrian avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century, including Otto Dix, George Grosz, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Presented as a temporary exhibition in 2012, these works are a remarkable collection of German Expressionist paintings, drawings, and prints.
Today, a selection from this private collection as well as a few other German Expressionist works from the Museum’s permanent collection are on display at The San Diego Museum of Art.
Breaking with Academic tradition, progressive artists in Germany and Austria at the beginning of the 20th century looked to Paris for new ideas. Concerned with this new state of affairs, artists of the Brücke (Bridge) group sought to establish a genuinely German avant-garde. First in Dresden, then in Berlin, they pitted a revolutionary art and rebellious lifestyle against the accepted order. They longed, also, to escape the oppressive constraints of modern life. Like their Romantic predecessors, the artists of the Brücke regarded communion with nature as a source of spiritual renewal.
While a commissioned work, such as Lovis Corinth’s Portrait of Alexander Freiherr von Reitzenstein (pictured right), could remain rooted in Post-Impressionism, members of the Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) group, such as Alexej Jawlensky and Gabriele Münter (right), explored their predilection for bold, expressive colors. The collector, Vance E. Kondon, reflected on his own selections: “Often, I’m asked why I started collecting. If you know the history of the early Brücke artists, you realize that they were poor, free spirits. They lived communally, and shared the same space, materials, ideas and hopes. They were openly sensual, and nudity was—at times—a way of life. They sought more freedom of emotional expression and less ritual and restraint. And they brough ...More...
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SDMAGX_170724_01.JPG: German Expressionism
SDMAGX_170724_09.JPG: Georg Tappert
SDMAGX_170724_13.JPG: Ernst Barlach
The Transformations of God, 1922
SDMAGX_170724_17.JPG: Lovis Corinth
Alexander Frehert von Reitzenstein, 1913
SDMAGX_170724_21.JPG: Alexei Jawlensky
Red Blossom, 1910
SDMAGX_170724_29.JPG: Max Pechstein
Magdalena: Still Life with Nude, 1912
SDMAGX_170724_38.JPG: Ernst Barlach
The Avenger, 1922
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Wikipedia Description: San Diego Museum of Art
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The San Diego Museum of Art opened as the Museum of Fine Arts on February 28, 1926. The funders turned over ownership of the building to the City of San Diego. It is located in Balboa Park. The museum building was designed by architect William Templeton Johnson.
The Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5,000 B.C. to 2001 A.D. The museum's strength is in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco.
There is a small eclectic Asian art gallery, a couple Impressionist era paintings, some Georgia O'Keefes (although these are not always on display) and a number of interesting modern pieces.
Additionally, they have works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giotto, Veronese, Luini and Canaletto. Works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck represent the Northern European School.
The museum regularly hosts touring exhibits and has lately been working to display its standard collection in new ways (including an upstairs gallery discussing information which can be gathered by looking on the back of the canvas).
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2017 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences in Pensacola, FL, Chattanooga, TN (via sites in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) and Fredericksburg, VA,
a family reunion in The Dells, Wisconsin (via sites in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin),
New York City, and
my 12th consecutive San Diego Comic Con trip (including sites in Arizona).
For some reason, several of my photos have been published in physical books this year which is pretty cool. Ones that I know about:
"Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" (David Lemmo),
"The Great Crusade: A Guide to World War I American Expeditionary Forces Battlefields and Sites" (Stephen T. Powers and Kevin Dennehy),
"The American Spirit" (David McCullough),
"Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" (David T. Gilbert),
"The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 — Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia" (Marvin Kalb), and
"The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" (Ron Collins and David Skover).
Number of photos taken this year: just below 560,000.