Carl Lohse: Expressionist
In October 1919 Lohse moved to Bischofswerda near Dresden, where he found financial support and experienced a veritable rush of creativity. In a year and a half he produced a stream of portraits, landscapes and city views. The young Expressionist developed a remarkably independent style. Compared with customary academic painting, his colour combinations were extremely audacious, while the rhythm of his paintings was charged with energy. His drawings are radically simplified, and the forms of his oversized portrait heads, modelled in plaster, are daringly fragmented. The artist ardently experimented with the various artistic styles of Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism as well as pure abstraction. Carl Lohse’s paintings are an impressive testimonial to the frame of mind of a sensitive artist during the crisis ridden post-war period.