It is Day 263 and I’m getting my blog done a little later than usual! I had a busy day and just came back from watching Improvised Game of Thrones in the city. It was great. Doing my painting this morning was also great! Join me in honoring Rupprecht Geiger today. 🙂
Rupprecht Geiger (26 January 1908 – 6 December 2009) was an abstract painter and sculptor from Munich, Germany. He is perhaps best known for his color field paintings and for his passion for the color red.
Geiger was born in Munich, the only child of painter Willi Geiger. Besides
Germany, the family spent time in Spain, and he also joined his father on trips to Morocco and the Canary Islands. It was on these trips that Geiger began painting.
From 1926 through 1935 he studied and taught architecture and art at academic institutions in Munich. From 1936 to 1940 he worked as an architect at several firms, also in Munich.
He was called up to fight in World War II and was at the Eastern Front in Poland and Russia, and then in 1943 and 1944 he was a war illustrator in the Ukraine and Greece. He exhibited his first abstract painting in 1948.
After the war, from 1949 to 1962 he was again active as an architect. In 1949, Geiger co-founded the Munich artists’ group ZEN 49. Hilla von Rebay chose to exhibit his artwork at the Museum for Non-Objective Painting (later the Guggenheim Foundation).
From 1965 to 1976, Geiger was professor of painting at Staatlichen Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
His paintings are often concerned with the theme of color. In the 1950s, he particularly studied the color red. Geiger’s paintings are characterized by simple geometric forms (rectangles, ovals, circles), bright colors, and intense contrasts. The Dombergmuseum near Munich possesses a collection of his works.
Biography is from wikipedia.
“Red is life, energy, virility, power, love, warmth, strength. With its ability to stimulate, it has a powerful function.”- Rupprecht Geiger
I hope you enjoy my piece today and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 264!