Comb, Pastel and Buttermilk. Willi Baumeister, Adolf Hölzel and Fritz Seitz
The artist Willi Baumeister (1889–1955) also regarded himself as a craftsman. He experimented with diverse materials and techniques. Using a steel comb, he ploughed the background or the surface of the so-called comb pictures. He covered black areas, which already appeared in his early works, temporarily with buttermilk, thus creating a matt colour effect. Entire work series are characterised by sand and putty.
Baumeisters rarely presented pastel drawings enter into a dialogue with works by his teacher Adolf Hölzel (1853–1934) and by his student Fritz Seitz (1926–2017). The Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, where Baumeister studied and worked as a Professor, is participating in the exhibition with research and studies of painting and material techniques.
Baumeister Archive at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in cooperation with the Graduate program »Rahmenwechsel«, Stuttgart and Konstanz, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, the Willi Baumeister Foundation, Stuttgart, and the University of Oregon, Eugene, USA.