ARTISTS / Modern art
Gerhard Marcks

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1889born in Berlin at the Kurfürstendamm
1907studies animals at the Berlin Zoo; acquaintance with the sculptor Richard Scheibe
1907-12Turns to sculpture as an autodidact
1914/15War service in Flanders; return as seriously ill; first trips to Paris
1918Appointment to the School of Applied Arts in Berlin
1919Appointment at the State Bauhaus in Weimar; there, head of the pottery workshop in Dornburg
1925Dissolution of the Bauhaus in Weimar; appointment to the Burg Giebichenstein School of Applied Arts in Halle a. d. Saale
1925-27Travels in Italy
1928First trip to Greece and change of artistic conception
1930Deputy director of the School of Arts and Crafts at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle a. d. Saale
1933Dismissal from teaching position
1937Works by Marcks are included in the exhibition "Degenerate Art"; exhibition ban and confiscation of works in the Buchholz Gallery (Berlin)
1943Destruction of his studio in Berlin-Nikolassee
1945Appointment to the art academy in Hamburg
1949Goethe Medal; trip to Spain
1950Moves to Cologne-Müngersdorf; from then on works as a freelance sculptor; trip to the USA
 1951 Marcks designs the Bremen Town Musicians as a landmark for the city of Bremen
1952-55Travels in Italy, Greece, South Africa; numerous honors and art awards; participates in the Venice Biennale and Documenta I
1959Participation in documenta II
1963Travels to the USA and Mexico
1969Establishment of the Gerhard Marcks Foundation
1971Opening of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen
1981died in Burgbrohl (Eifel)
Gerhard Marcks is one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. In the 1920s, under the influence of Greek archaism, he arrived at a strictly simplified formal language that never disregards human nature. His figures are regarded as the epitome of a sculptural art that draws on classical traditions and at the same time is modern. Marcks drew his themes from the domestic genre, from religion and mythology. His figures never appear heroic or pathetic, but reflect basic human moods, often a quiet demeanor. His drawings function primarily as aids to sculptural work. Usually created during model sessions, they circle around a pictorial idea in ever new views in search of the final form. Often it is the whole figure that is seen from different angles. Quite the sculptor, his works on paper are characterized by a firm, reduced stroke, which reproduces the outlines with certainty and almost without internal drawing. 
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