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Eduard Bargheer

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Eduard Bargheer
E. Bargheer in the Forian studio, after 1960 Photo: Bettina Peterich
1901Eduard Bargheer was born on the Elbe island Finkenwerder near Hamburg. After completing teacher training in 1924 student of F.Ahlers-Hestermann and P.Kayser at the art school Gerda Koppel.
1925first study trip to Florence.
1926/27stay in Paris.
1927first solo exhibition in Hamburg.
1928Travels to Belgium, Holland and Italy.
 Builds his own studio on the Neßdeich in Finkenwärder.
1929Trip to England. Member of the Hamburg Secession.
1930Trip to Sylt.
1930/31Renewed trip to Italy. Stay in Paris. Teacher at the Koppel Art School.
1932/33Scholarship from the city of Hamburg for a longer stay in Paris.
1935Acquisition of a fisherman's cottage on the Süllberg in Hamburg-Blankenese. Rents a studio on Hamburg's Jungfernstieg. Travels to England and Italy, stays in Rome and for the first time on Ischia. First meeting with Paul Klee in Bern.
1936Travels to Denmark and Ischia, where he meets Werner Gilles. Visits Paul Klee in Bern. Participates in the exhibition of the Hamburger Kunstverein "Kunst im Olympia Jahr".
1937/38Alternating stays on Ischia, in Florence and Hamburg.
1939Moves to Italy (Florence, Ischia), friendship with Rudolf Levy.
1942Solo exhibition in Florence.
1942-44Interpreter for the navy in La Spezia.
1944Representative for the protection of art in Florence. Destruction of the Hamburg studio.
From 1947permanent residence in Forio d'Ischia where he becomes honorary citizen in 1948.
From 1950regular meetings with Werner Gilles and Hans Purrmann on Ischia. From 1953 Bargheer lives again alternately in Forio d'Ischia and Hamburg-Blankenese. Participates in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad.
1955and 1959 participant in the I. and II.documenta.
1979died in Hamburg-Blankenese
Eduard Bargheer began as a freelance visual artist in the early twenties.

The extensive oeuvre he left behind was created between 1924 and 1979 in six decades of the 20th century, which were marked by the Weimar Republic, the Hitler dictatorship and the restart and reconstruction after the Second World War.

Before 1939, Bargheer's center of life, apart from extensive travels, especially to Italy and France, was northern Germany, which is reflected in his motifs (landscapes, portraits). The oppressive nature of political reality is expressed in a darkening of the palette and in metaphors. Bargheer spent the war and the early post-war period entirely in Italy. It was not until 1954 that he again commuted between his domicile on the island of Ischia and his home in Hamburg-Blankenese. Thus, after the war, his work was dominated by the Mediterranean world. In the sixties, he discovered Africa for himself, which fascinated him artistically.

Bargheer expressed himself in all the classical artistic techniques: the hand drawing, watercolor, oil painting and printmaking. There were also several monumental works in public spaces (mosaics, murals). There are also some illustrations (Collodi's "Pinocchio", Camus "The Guest", Sophocles "Antigone"). 
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