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Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-Expressionist

By Adventuresintheprinttrade
The great pre-Nazi flowering of German Expressionism is so striking a cultural phenomenon that it is tempting to feel that the whole movement was crushed under the jackboot, never to revive. But of course art has its underground streams that re-emerge when the conditions are right, and so the aesthetics of Expressionism found a new flowering in Germany post WWII. If I use the term Neo-Expressionist to define the art of Carl-Heinz Kliemann, it is only to mark this generational divide - otherwise, his work seems to me completely in line with that of the pre-war Expressionists. Two of these, Max Kaus and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, were his teachers at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Berlin from 1945-1950. My colour woodcuts by Carl-Heinz Kliemann were made in 1962 for an edition of the Book of Genesis published by Käthe Vogt Verlag. They show the influence of Picasso, for sure, and also Matisse I think, but they are wonderfully confident and expressive works. 2000 copies were printed, with text on the verso which I think is a shame, but the paper is high quality, and thick enough to mean there is no show-through.
Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-ExpressionistCarl-Heinz Kliemann, Eve and the serpentWoodcut, 1962
Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-ExpressionistCarl-Heinz Kliemann, The daughters of LotWoodcut, 1962
Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-ExpressionistCarl-Heinz Kliemann, Sarai and HagarWoodcut, 1962
Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-ExpressionistCarl-Heinz Kliemann, Potiphar's wifeWoodcut, 1962
Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-ExpressionistCarl-Heinz Kliemann, Rebekah at the wellWoodcut, 1962
Karl-Heinz Kliemann: the Genesis of a Neo-ExpressionistCarl-Heinz Kliemann, Jacob wrestling with GodWoodcut, 1962
The painter and printmaker Carl-Heinz Kliemann was born in Berlin in 1924. In 1950 Kliemann won the Kunstpreis der Stadt Berlin für Grafik; in 1955 he won the Preis des Modernen Museums in the international Grafik-Biennale in Ljubljana; in 1958 he won the Villa-Romana-Preis. In 1966 Carl-Heinz Kliemann was appointed professor in the Department of Painting and Graphics at the University of Karlsruhe, where he taught for 12 years. Carl-Heinz Kliemann has had many exhibitions both in Germany and internationally. The latest was "Der Maler in der Landschaft", a celebration of his 80th birthday at the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin in 2004. Die Graphik von Carl-Heinz Kliemann by Eberhard Roters was published in 1991.

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