The history of German painting from the origins to the 20th century, analyzed in terms of different axes of influence, style and clientele, with a fine selection of illustrations.
[German painting] The overview offered in these two volumes goes beyond the geographical or political range implied by the term “German”. Thanks to centuries of awareness of German cultural unity, alongside political developments painting went through a slow but steady process of self-determination that led to emancipation from the stylistic and historical influences of other European schools.
Twelve centuries of German art are approached with a complete repertory of illustrations. Covering renowned artists like Dürer, Cranach, Holbein, Friedrich, Klimt, as well as the masters of Expressionism and of the currents of the 20th century, the book retraces the long journey of painting in German-speaking countries. Apart from the many important interactions with other figurative cultures, readers will gain a clear understanding of the forceful expressive character, the formal energy, the intense, decisive personality of an autonomous, unique world of painting.