ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Lothar Quinte


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1923born in Neisse, Upper Silesia (today: Nysa, Poland)
1937-41painter apprenticeship in Leipzig
1946-51studies at the art school Kloster Bernstein, Ldkr. Horb, pupil of HAP Grieshaber
1951freelance artist; leader of the shadow play group "Schwarzes Auge" around HAP Grieshaber
1952Studio in Reutlingen; Paris scholarship
1954Art Prize of Youth, Baden-Württemberg; presentations of the shadow plays "Kaleidoscope" with Heinz Schanz and Kurt Frank and "Curriculum Vitae" with Emil Kiess, Kurt Frank and Hans Günter Schmidt at the international film meeting, Bad Ems
1956Art Prize Young West, Recklinghausen; move to Pfullingen
1957Move to Lauterbourg (Alsace)
1959-60Guest lecturer for free graphics at the Werkkunstschule Krefeld; studio in Karlsruhe
1964Design of the glass windows for the Lübeck Cathedral and the main window of St. Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary in Ditzingen
1965II. Burda Prize for Painting, Munich
1967Move to Wintzenbach
1974Design of the tapestry and the "Iron Curtain" for the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe
1975/76World trip and travels to India and Egypt
1977Participation in documenta VI in Kassel; design for the "Rainbow Wall" in the Spectral Hall of the Planetarium in Stuttgart
1978first stay in Goa/India
1986-94annual winter studio in Colva/Goa, India
1993Cultural Award Silesia of the State of Lower Saxony
1995Awarded the title of professor by the state of Baden-Württemberg
1997Lovis Corinth Prize of the Esslingen Artists' Guild
2000died in Wintzenbach (France)
Lothar Quinte is considered one of the most successful Op(tical) Art artists in Germany. However, he does not have much in common with the constructive coolness of his Op Art colleagues. Quinte's paintings radiate a poetry that turns the constructive forms into a sensual experience. His veil and window paintings, created in the 1960s, focus on the themes of light and space. Painting, or rather the colorful sound evoked by it in space, is celebrated as the focus of sensual experience.
With the series of works of the so-called slit, folding and fan pictures, colored circles, squares and rectangles as color spaces find their way into Quint's pictorial cosmos. The Corona pictures created in the early 1970s represent a further high point. With his Dripping and Net pictures, he continued the gestural style of his first paintings. In the late phase, calm color sounds, color clouds, and auratically charged energy fields dominate. 
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