Guillermo (Wilhelm Egon) Wiedemann
Oil, partly with addition of sand, and scratch technique, on canvas 100 x 70.2 cm Framed. Signed and dated in umber 'WIEDEMANN 1955' lower right. - In fine condition; minor rubbing with loss of colour lower left.
Born in Munich, Guillermo Wiedemann studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts there, but from 1936 onwards lived and worked in Berlin. Classified as a “degenerate artist” by the Nazi regime, and thus banned from painting, Wiedemann initially resolved to study photography, but in 1938 felt forced to flee the country. He found a new permanent home in Colombia, where his art was held in very high regard. Wiedemann's oeuvre is clearly influenced by the colors and themes of the tropical world in which he lived. Thus, this portrait of a semi-nude young black Colombian relies on a seemingly exotic range of violets, yellows and rose tones. Characteristic of his oeuvre are the tender contour lines scratched into the paint.
Private collection, Rhineland