ARTISTS / Modern art
Wilhelm Geyer

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1900born in Stuttgart
1919-26Studies at the Stuttgart Art Academy, master student of Christian Landenberger; first large altarpieces
1927Moves to Ulm
1928Marriage with Klara Maria Seyfried (1904-1998)
1929Co-founder of the artists' group Stuttgarter Neue Sezession; chairman
1935Glass window for St. Dionysius in Magolsheim
 1940-42 soldier
1943Connection to the circle of the White Rose around the Scholl siblings in Gestapo custody
1945Efforts to reopen the Stuttgart Art Academy; co-founder of the Society of Upper Swabia
1946Lecturer at the Ulm Adult Education Center, founded by Inge Aicher-Scholl
1947Co-founder of the Oberschwäbische Sezession (Upper Swabian Secession)
1968died in Ulm
Wilhelm Geyer was one of the key figures of Expressive Realism. In the 1920s he was surrounded by fellow students such as Manfred Henninger, Alfred Lehmann and Walter Wörn, who together founded the "Stuttgart New Secession". In the 1920s Geyer turned to religious themes. Since 1935 he has received commissions for church windows with which he has achieved nationwide fame: his landscape paintings can also be explained by a directly religious-meditative self-image. In them, the canvas itself becomes the landscape, the initial impression disappears under the multi-layered application of paint and becomes a carpet of color. Neither impression nor expression dominates the painting. It seems to have grown naturally. Barbara Renftle characterizes this process as follows: It "testifies to the alternately ecstatic and meditative union of the painter with his subject, nature. The artist is absorbed in it as in a sometimes aggressive, sometimes tender act of love, transforms himself to it, penetrates it with body and soul. Nature is revelation to him, just as the Bible is revelation to him. 
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