Willi Baumeister, Adolf Hölzel and Fritz Seitz Comb, Pastel and Buttermilk
Work by Willi Baumeister titled Sun Figures

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.

Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

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Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Work by Willi Baumeister titled Sun Figures
Willi Baumeister, Sonnenfiguren / Sun Figures, 1944

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Willi Baumeister, Sonnenfiguren / Sun Figures, 1944
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

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Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Work by Willi Baumeister titled In Colored Clouds
Willi Baumeister, In farbigen Wolken (In Colored Clouds), 1950

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Willi Baumeister, In farbigen Wolken (In Colored Clouds), 1950
Work by Willi Baumeister titled Bright Movement (with Red Horizon)
Willi Baumeister, Helle Bewegung (mit rotem Horizont) / Bright Movement (with Red Horizon), 1947

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Willi Baumeister, Helle Bewegung (mit rotem Horizont) / Bright Movement (with Red Horizon), 1947
Work by Willi Baumeister from 1946 titled Red Horizon (with Marbling)
Willi Baumeister, Roter Horizont (mit Marmorierung) / Red Horizon (with Marbling), 1946

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Willi Baumeister, Roter Horizont (mit Marmorierung) / Red Horizon (with Marbling), 1946
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

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Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Work by Willi Baumeister titled Two Dots on Light Red
Willi Baumeister, Zwei Punkte auf Hellrot / Two Dots on Light Red, 1955

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Willi Baumeister, Zwei Punkte auf Hellrot / Two Dots on Light Red, 1955
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

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Willi Baumeister, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Work by Willi Baumeister titled Black-Violet
Willi Baumeister, Schwarz-Violett / Black-Violet, 1948

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Willi Baumeister, Schwarz-Violett / Black-Violet, 1948
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

Photo: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Work by Willi Baumeister titled The Violet Tent
Willi Baumeister, Das violette Zelt / The Violet Tent, 1953

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Willi Baumeister, Das violette Zelt / The Violet Tent, 1953
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Willi Baumeister and Fritz Seitz, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

Photo: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 for Willi Baumeister

Willi Baumeister and Fritz Seitz, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Adolf Hölzel, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

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Adolf Hölzel, exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

Photo: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020
Exhibition view Comb Kamm Pastel and Buttermilk
Exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020

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Exhibition view „Comb, Kamm, Pastel and Buttermilk“, 2020