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c.1908
Landscape View of Lake Lago Maggiore
c.1908

Curt Herrmann

Merseburg 1854 - 1929 Erlangen

Oil on cardboard, 18 1/3 x 24 2/5 in. (46,5 x 62 cm). Signed with monogram lower right.

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Large landscape view of Lake Lago Maggiore by famous german neo-impressionist painter Curt Herrman (1854 - 1929).

 

Together with Paul Baum he remains as most important german neo-impressionist painter. Hugo Curt Herrmann was born in Merseburg on the Saale 1854.

Without taking the examinations qualifying for university entrance, Curt Herrmann left school and in 1873 joined the studio of Carl Steffeck, who had numbered Max Liebermann and Hans von Marée among his pupils. Herrmann painted mainly portraits.

After finishing his studies at the Munich Academy, Curt Herrmann now became increasingly preoccupied with decorative painting and Jugendstil.

In 1896/97 he met Henry van de Velde, with whom he would remain friends the rest of his life. Through van de Velde Curt Herrmann not only came into contact with Neo-Impressionism but also personally met such leading exponents as Henri-Edmond Cross and Maximilien Luce. He became friend of Signac and van Rysselberghe as well.

Curt Herrmann played an important role in the Berlin art scene, both as a painter and a collector. He was a founder-member and member of the board of directors of the "Secession" (1898) and the "Deutscher Künstlerbund" (1902) and, during the first world war, also president of the "Free Secession".

Curt Herrmann was designated a professor of the Royal Academy of the Arts in 1917.

In the occasion of his seventieth birthday, Herrmann was treated to a comprehensive retrospective at the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin in 1924.

 

A private museum is dedicated to Curt Herrmann's paintings in Pretzfeld. A selection of his finest work is displayed there, notably paintings from his Neo-Impressionist period and many of the almost abstract flower paintings Curt Herrmann did at Pretzfeld.