Gottfried Graf - Stadt
oil on canvas 71.7 x 43 cm Rückseitig beschriftet
Following studies at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts, among others under Adolf Hölzel, Gottfried Graf travelled to France, where he met the Cubist Albert Gleizes. This encounter, later turning into a friendship, was to be decisive for Graf's artistic progression. As a co-founder of the so-called 'Üecht' group in Stuttgart in 1919, together with artists such as Willy Baumeister and Oskar Schlemmer, Graf took part in propagating the avant-garde in Germany.
The dedication on the reverse refers to Graf's financial distress during the inflation. In 1924, his salary as lecturer at the Stuttgart Academy had been withdrawn. Gladly, this situation came to end one year later, when he acquired a professorship as head of the graphic department at the Academy. (See in general: Exhib. cat. Gottfried Graf 1881-1938. Retrospektive, Ulmer Museum 1981)
We would like to thank Norbert Hüll, Cologne, for kind, confirming information
Private possession, Rhineland