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Ludwig Meidner

December 9, 2010

Bernstadt, Silesia, 1884 – Darmstadt, Germany, 1966
“Their catastrophes explode from their windows, stairways silently collapse. People laugh beneath the ruins.” – Ludwig Meidner

Ludwig Meidner is well-known for his expressionist “apocalyptic” series which anticipated the gross destruction of the First World War by several years and his religious Prophets series which he created after the war. Meidner studied art at Royal School of Art in Breslau and Cormon Academies in Paris. He was influenced by the etchings of Hermann Struck and his friendships with Amedeo Modigliani and Robert Delaunay. Meidner fled Germany in 1939 to England and did not return until 1953. Meidner lived through tumultuous times and his worked changed often in his lifetime. His pieces range from Expressionist to Futurist to Realist but his steady meticulous hand and earth tones colors are consistent throughout.

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