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Manfred Henninger

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Manfred Henninger
1894born in Backnang; confectionery trade in his parents' business in Tübingen
1914voluntary military service
1919Studies at the Stuttgart Art Academy under Pötzelberger, among others
1921Stay in the Allgäu: numerous landscapes; in the same year the Kunsthalle Mannheim acquires a self-portrait by Henninger
1922Continues his studies at the Dresden Academy with Albiker and Kokoschka; acquaintance with the work of Picasso and the Impressionists; visits Max Liebermann
1926Solo exhibition of his works in Stuttgart
1929Founds the "Stuttgart New Secession" with Manfred Pahl, Wilhelm Geyer, Alfred Lehmann and Gustav Schopf
1933emigrates to Switzerland, then to Ibiza: he creates about 300 oil paintings
1936as a result of the Spanish Civil War, moves to Ronco in Ticino
1941Occupation with ceramics
1949Appointment to the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart
1961Retirement; illustrations for Ovid's "Metamorphoses", first ballet drawings as well as drawings and pastels for the "Georgica" by Virgil
1967/68Guest at the Villa Massimo in Rome
1975Retrospective at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart
1986died in Stuttgart
Manfred Henninger, co-founder of the "Stuttgart New Secession" in 1929, created exciting nature studies, still lifes and figure compositions with vibrant, vital strokes. Although he is generally counted among the artists of the expressive realism, his pictorial inventions are not to be classified in any common pigeonholes. His paintings show abstracting approaches, but never completely leave the representational representation behind. His paintings live from movement, light and color and radiate a timeless, Arcadian serenity. One senses the deep emotion of the artist before the mystery of creation, before the oneness of man and nature. To give form to the "river that flows through all living things, that occupies my mind since I breathe" was the artist's lifelong credo. 
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