Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Gustav Kampmann (1859-1917)

 I seem to be focusing on mainly printmakers this week. I think probably because I am so focused on our next exhibition at the Antiques For Everyone antiques fair at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham from Thursday 17th until Sunday 20th March. I have spent the last few days framing, mounting, researching and pricing all my fresh stock.

During this I found myself looking at this print. It is an original lithograph titled  “Herbstabend” or Autumn Evening, published by Verlag der Gesellschaft pur Vervielfaltigende Kunst, Vienna. C1905 by Gustav Kampmann.

Gustav Kampmann (1859-1917) was born in Boppard on the Rhine near Koblenz. He studied at the Grand Duchy of Baden Art School in Karlsruhe from 1879 until 1883 where he was a student of Gustav Schoenleber and Hermann Baisch. From 1890 lived in the palace of Augustus Castle, Grötzingen where he was a leading figure in the “Grotzinger Art Colony”.  

In 1896 he founded the Karlsruhe Artists' League with 23 other artists Kampmann. He was also commissioned by the Cologne chocolate producers Ludwig Stollwerck to create images for the Stollwerck scrapbooks No. 4 and 5 of 1899 and 1902.

During WW1 he volunteered as a reserve in Karlsruhe but after an eye infection in 1915, which made painting a misery, he was discharged. Sadly Gustav committed suicide by slashing his wrists although his widow maintained that he died of disease.  

Much of the works seen are lithographs, mainly landscapes. His work was also used for postcards and advertising. He had 
success as a lithographer but sold only about a quarter the 500 paintings he created. Only eight have been acquired by public collections. The Karlsruhe Kunsthalle acquired a large collection of his works direct from his widow in 1938 and now have 112 drawing, 2 sketch books, 17 etchings and 104 lithographs by Gustav.

Works by him can be found in; 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art,Kunstmuseum Hohenkarpfen and Museum Folkwang Essen.
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