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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Ewald Mataré

- Angel, by Ewald Mataré, at the bishops house, Essen, Germany

Reading today about German painter and sculptor, Ewald Mataré ...

In 1932 he received a professorship at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. After the Machtergreifung of 1933 however, all cultural and artistic life in Germany was brought into ideological alignment by the Nazis; Mataré was denounced as "degenerate" and expelled from his position. One of his sculptures "Die Katze" (The cat) was placed into the exhibition of shame and derision "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art) staged by the Nazis in Munich, 1937. Church commissions became his sole source of income ...

Here's some more of his work ...

- detail from one of the bronze doors of the southern transept of Cologne Cathedral

- the Door of Hope at Salzburg Cathedral

And one of his animals :) ...

- Large Reclining Cow


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