Day 174- Ernst Wilhelm Nay- Rhythmic Images

It’s Day 174 and I’m exhausted from cleaning the entire house and reorganizing my garden to another part of my backyard…then I went on a dog walk, cooked dinner and want to fall into a nice coma now!  But first, join me in honoring Ernst Wilhelm Nay today.  Then I shall lay back and relax.

Ernst Wilhelm Nay on the right. 1960

Ernst Wilhelm Nay on the right. 1960

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902, Berlin – 1968, Cologne) was a German abstract painter influenced by L’Art Informel.

Ernst Wilhelm Nay studied under Karl Hofer at the Berlin Art Academy from 1925 until

Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Mit heiterem Blau, 1956

Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Mit heiterem Blau, 1956

1928. His first sources of inspiration resulted from his preoccupation with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Henri Matisse as well as Caspar David Friedrich and Nicolas Poussin. Nay’s still lifes, portraits and landscapes were widely acclaimed.

Motion 1962- Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Motion 1962- Ernst Wilhelm Nay

In 1931 Nay received a nine-months’ study bursary to the Villa Massimo in Rome, where he began to paint in the abstract Surrealist manner. On the recommendation of the Lübeck museum director, C.G. Heise, Nay was given a work grant financed by Edvard Munch, which enabled Nay to spend time in Norway and on the Lofoten Islands in 1937. The “Fischer- und Lofotenbilder” represented a first pinnacle of achievement. That same year, however, two of his works were shown in the notorious exhibition of “Degenerate art” and Nay was forbidden to exhibit any longer. He wasn’t even allowed to paint nor buy ready made colours.

Conscripted into the German armed forces in 1940, Nay went with the infantry to France, where a French sculptor placed his studio at Nay’s disposal where Nay could paint in secret. In the “Hekatebildern” (1945–48), featuring motifs from myth, legend and poetry, Nay worked through his war and postwar experiences.

The “Fugale Bilder” (1949–51) proclaim new beginnings in a fiery palette and entwined forms. In 1950 the Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

mounted a first retrospective of Nay’s work. The following year the artist moved to Cologne, where, with the “Rhythmischen Bildern” he took the final step towards entirely non-representational painting.

In them he began to use colour purely as figurative values. From 1955 Nay’s painted “Scheibenbilder”, in which round colour surfaces organize subtle modulations of space and colour. These are developed further in 1963/64 in what are known as the

Ohne Titel, 1954

Ohne Titel, 1954

“Augenbilder”. A first one-man-show in America at the Kleeman Galleries, New York, in 1955, participation in the 1956 Venice Biennale and the Kassel documenta (1955, 1959 and 1964) are milestones marking Nay’s breakthrough on the international art scene. Ernst Wilhelm Nay was awarded important prizes and is represented by work in nearly all major exhibitions of German art in Germany and abroad. The first English-language monograph of Nay’s work was published by Ridinghouse in 2012.

Biography is from wikipedia.

I had a great time painting today’s colorful piece.  Nay painted in a few different styles, but I really liked his colorful spatial round shape pieces.  I hope you enjoy my piece and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 175…almost to the halfway mark!  Best, Linda

Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View
Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1 Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2 Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Glücklich Farbigen Formen- Tribute to Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

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