Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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Alfred Ehrhardt’s paintings, drawings, and prints were shown for the first time at the Hamburg Kunstverein in 1931. Despite the reigning prejudices against modern art, the press responded positively. Critic Hugo Sieker particularly noted the steep curve in the artist’s development within a brief four-year period, as moving from Byzantine-inspired and stylized saints to cubist landscapes and utterly independent abstract compositions. He pointed to Ehrhardt’s treatment of the surface as “between smooth and textured, matt and sparkling, light and compact,” and reflecting the influence of Bauhaus painting exercises.

 

Only a small number of Ehrhardt’s paintings have been preserved. These were stored by the Hamburg collector Reinhard des Arts and thus survived the war.

 

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