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War Furies
© Heinrich Altherr / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Heinrich Altherr

Kriegsfurien / War Furies, 1941

Oil on cardboard
29,6 × 38,5 cm

titled on the reverse: Kriegsfurien
(ALTHEH/M 10)

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Literature: Ausst.Kat. Heinrich Altherr and Carl Hofer, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Schloss Dätzingen, Grafenau 1990, cat.no. 12, ill. p. 44

In Heinrich Altherr's "War Furies", judging by the title, the cruel creatures hover over the city and probably sound the news of bad times through their red trumpets. Their dark robes flutter in a cloud-covered sky, creating a restless dynamic and evoking trepidation in the viewer. The juxtaposition of the gloom with the bright incarnate of the Furies presents a dramatic light-dark contrast, heightened in expression by the expressive painting style. The date of origin, 1941, indicates that in his allegorical imagery and symbolistically charged painting style Altherr is dealing with contemporary themes and elemental human fears - in this specific case with social and political insecurity and the turmoil of the Second World War. A thematically related painting by the painter was deemed "degenerate" during Nazi rule and removed from the Stuttgart State Gallery. A variant of "War Furies" is now in the collection of the Böblingen Municipal Gallery.
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