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Jakob Bräckle

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Jakob Bräckle
Jakob Bräckle, Photo: Rupert Leser
1897born in Winterreute, today a district of Biberach an der Riß
1917School of Applied Arts in Stuttgart
1918-23studied at the Academy of Fine Arts under Christian Landenberger
 Landenberger, Christian Speyer and Heinrich Altherr
1924Member of the Stuttgart Secession
1932-36Member of the German Artists' Association
1967Honorary citizen of the city of Biberach
1970Federal Cross of Merit 1st class
1977Recognition prize of the Upper Swabian Art Prize together with
 Werner Höll and André Ficus
 Appointment as professor by the state of Baden-Württemberg
1978Honorary member of the Baden-Württemberg Artists' Association
1982Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg
1987died in Biberach an der Riß
Jakob Bräckle is a constant in southwest German art. Like no other, he knows how to use economical painterly means to capture the tranquil country life, away from the big city, in small-format oil paintings. His miniatures from his early years in the 1920s and 1930s focus on seemingly insignificant themes from the immediate surroundings, such as the Upper Swabian landscape, village scenes and the everyday work of farmers, which remained a central motif until the 1940s. The pictures captivate through the dignified, clear composition as well as the atmospheric capture of the different times of day and seasons. The fact that the sections of his works shown are captured from a slightly lower perspective is a special feature of Bräckle's painting. Due to his walking disability, he could not stand for long and had to sit down to paint.
In the 1940s, Bräckle became acquainted with works by Kasimir Malevich through the architect Hugo Häring, who stored them in Biberach. Thereafter, Bräckle, who had previously painted mainly in small format, attempted to combine landscape representations with concrete painting on a larger scale. According to Günther Wirth, he succeeded, especially in his late works, in the reduction to two almost monochrome color surfaces "an extreme of simplicity". The sky, often covered by clouds or broken up by sunbeams, which contrasts with the animatedly depicted fields and meadows, exudes a poetic sublimity in combination with the wide horizon. Indeed, the actual goal of Bräckle's art has been to make the eternal of nature tangible for his subject. 
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