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Ida Kerkovius


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Ida Kerkovius
1879born in Riga
1903studies at the art school of Adolf Hölzel in Dachau
1908-11studies at the art academy in Stuttgart with Adolf Hölzel
1911-14assistant to Adolf Hölzel
1920-23Studies at the Bauhaus with Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky
1925Member of the Berlin "Novembergruppe
1930first solo exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
1935-39extensive travels through Central and Eastern Europe
1950Founding member of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg 1954
1958Awarded the title of professor
1962Honorary member of the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart
1963Honorary board member of the German Artists' Association
1970Large traveling exhibition of the State Gallery
1970died in Stuttgart
Ida Kerkovius came from the German upper class of Riga. In 1903 her parents allowed her to attend Adolf Hölzel's famous private painting school in Dachau. A trip to Italy had strengthened the 24-year-old's resolve to become a painter. After an enforced break of almost four years, Kerkovius resumed her studies with Hölzel in 1908 in Stuttgart, where Hölzel was now teaching composition. She was soon given a master's studio and became Hölzel's assistant.
While Hölzel's work makes one feel that a picture is being worked out, in her case the creations seem to leap from the brush with playful certainty. But appearances are deceptive: what appears as if unintentional is just as elaborately worked out. The influence of her comrade-in-arms on the path of liberating the pictorial elements, the influence of Paul Klee, whom she met at the Bauhaus in Weimar, may have led to a compositional style that spreads over the surface of the picture in greater unrestraint.
 
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