August Macke - Up close and personal
A Selection of Drawings and Pictures

February 10 - May 13, 2017

Opening on February 9, 2017, at 7pm

In the new exhibition, Galerie Thomas is presenting August Macke with a fine and private selection of family owned drawings, watercolours and paintings. Around 50 works give an insight into the artist's oeuvre from the beginning of his style development until shortly before World War I, which proved fatal for this important German Expressionist as well.

Macke's path to the "Blue Rider" can clearly be traced, up to his typical pictorial language, which - always focused on the figure - draws attention to colour first and at the same time gives a sense of the strong influence of the French Fauves - especially by Henri Matisse. There are works on paper and oil paintings which are autobiographically motivated and tell off Macke's stay in his home town Bonn and at Tegernsee. Equally present are pictures of family or the circle of friends, for example of his wife Elisabeth or his son Walter. Impressions of every day life antedate the journey to Tunis in layout and composition, and Macke's interest in textile art also becomes comprehensible in his imaginative, colourful designs.

Macke may have been the most down-to-earth Expressionist, especially in the circle surrounding the Blue Rider, whose proximity to esoteric thought was evident in an even more spiritual manner than it was with the artists of the "Brücke" group and yet played a very minor role for August Macke. In comparison to Kandinsky or Jawlensky, Macke was clearly less spiritually minded, instead he was drawn to the elementary power and the beauty of nature - possibly a mental connection with Matisse.

Still, August Macke was also concerned with the questions of painterly abstraction, quite early on in fact, which some of the works within the exhibition reveal. But his closeness to nature and to people - which brings him much closer to Franz Marc or Gabriele Münter than to the other members to the Blue Rider and in his humanity clearly makes him a Rhenish Expressionist - has set August Macke in his art on a lifelong quest for the beauty and depth of life.

”For me, working is suffusing nature with joy.”

Selected works of this exhibition will be shown at TEFAF Maastricht from March 10 to 19.

Browse through our online catalogue here

Our little house in Tegernsee

oil on wood
1910
30 x 19,5 cm / 11 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.
verso estate stamp
price upon request
 
August Macke - Bacchus under a tree
oil on wood
1912
12 x 16 cm / 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Elisabeth Reading on Green Sofa
oil and pencil on cardboard, on canvas
1908
23,2 x 17,2 cm / 9 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.
verso estate stamp and no. 'Vr.G 55 b'
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Farmer boy on balcony
oil on canvas
1910
62,5 x 48,3 cm / 24 5/8 x 19 in.
verso estate stamp
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Portrait of Walter Macke with Bouquet of Roses
oil on canvas
1913
85 x 78 cm / 33 1/2 x 30 3/4 in.
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Forms I
India ink and brush on paper
1913
53,6 x 35,5 cm / 21 1/4 x 14 in.
verso estate stamp and no. '4/15'
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Cat
oil on cardboard
1912
30,5 x 36 cm / 12 x 14 1/8 in.
other side: "Bouquet of flowers with cigar"
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Reclining sleeping woman
charcoal on parchment paper
1912
27 x 32 cm / 10 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.
verso estate stamp
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Morning breakfast
pencil on paper
1911
8 x 11 cm / 3 1/8 x 4 3/8 in.
estate stamp and no. 'BZ 10/25' on backboard
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Nude men scooping water
pencil on squared sketchbook paper
1913
13,5 x 7,5 cm / 5 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.
reverse: female nude
verso estate stamp
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Stilisierte Badende (Stylized bathing woman)
pencil on paper
1912
17,8 x 15,3 cm / 7 x 6 in.
dated lower right
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Riding javelin throwers
pencil on paper
1911
16,3 x 10,3 cm / 6 3/8 x 4 in.
verso estate stamp and no. 'BZ 9/9'
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Trotting horse with carriage
pencil on paper
1912
8 x 10 cm / 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.
verso estate stamp and no. 'BZ 2/16
Price upon request
 
August Macke - Battle of Turks
pencil on paper
1912
11,5 x 19,9 cm / 4 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.
Price upon request