Mattis-Teutsch, Hans. Composition, . Painting
This painting is part of the series Compoziţii (Compositions), which contributed decisively to Hans Mattis-Teutsch’s international fame at the beginning of the 1920s (Almási 2001, 29). The work reflects the tendency towards the abstract visible in his creative work in that period, marked by the artist’s involvement in the expressionist group Der Sturm in Berlin (Mesea 2009, 23–24). The rhythmic character of his works has made certain art historians characterise his style as “musical expressionism” (Gassner 2001, 45; Mesea 2009, 24). The natural motifs present in his work before the 1920s are turned in this series into abstract forms. The paintings in this series, which were very well received both by the general public and by art specialists in the interwar period, were not exhibited during the first part of the communist period, because avant-garde art was considered “decadent” and “bourgeois” by the new regime (Popica 2015, 3). Nevertheless, the Art Museum in Braşov (which at the time was a section of the Braşov Regional Museum) purchased certain paintings in this series (including the one described here) in the years 1967–1968, in the context of a relative liberalisation of the cultural policies of the communist regime. None of these works was exhibited as part of the museum’s permanent collection, which shows that Mattis-Teutsch’s recuperation during this liberalisation period was limited.
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- Inv. 1961
- Source: Muzeul de Artă Brașov
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- Petrescu, Cristina
- Pintilescu, Corneliu
Almási, Tibor. 2001. The Other Mattis-Teutsch. Györ: Régió Art Publishig House.
Gassner, Hubertus. 2001. “Hans Mattis-Teutsch und Der Blaue Reiter.” In Mattis-Teutsch und Der Blaue Reiter, edited by Éva Bajkay, 37–67. München: Haus der Kunst.
Mesea, Iulia. 2009. “Peisaj – Pe portativul emoţiei creatoare a lui Hans Mattis-Teutsch” (On the scale of Hans Mattis-Teutsch’s creative emotion). In Mattis-Teutsch, artist al avangardei (Mattis-Teutsch, artist of the avant-garde), edited by Radu Popica and Anca Maria Zamfir, 11–30. Braşov: Muzeul de Artă Braşov.
Popica, Radu. 2009. “Argument.” In Mattis-Teutsch, artist al avangardei (Mattis-Teutsch, artist of the avant-garde), edited by Radu Popica and Anca Maria Zamfir, 9–10. Braşov: Muzeul de Artă Braşov.
Popica, Radu. 2015. “Centrul artistic braşovean în perioada postbelică (1945-1989).” [Braşov as an artistic centre in the post-war period (1945–1989)]. In Arta braşoveană postbelică: 1945–1989. Repere din colecţia Muzeului de Artă Braşov (Post-war art in Braşov: 1945–1989. Landmarks in the collection of Braşov Art Museum), edited by Radu Popica, 4–23. Braşov: Editura Muzeului de Artă Braşov.
Popica, Radu. 2016. “Centrul artistic braşovean în perioada interbelică şi în anii celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial (1919–1944).” (Braşov as an artistic centre in the interwar period and during the Second World War (1919–1944)) In Arta braşoveană interbelică (Interwar art in Braşov), edited by Radu Popica, 4–57. Braşov: Editura Muzeului de Artă Braşov.
Popica, Radu, interview by Pintilescu, Corneliu, February 13, 2018. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection