View of Hilterfingen, August Macke
August Macke
View of Hilterfingen
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August Macke

View of Hilterfingen, 1914

255 x 286 mm
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Watercolour over pencil on smooth wove cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 2941
Object Number
SG 2941 Z
Acquired in 1950
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In October 1913, Macke withdrew to Hilterfingen, a small town on Lake Thun in Switzerland. Here he depicted the surrounding countryside in a strongly abstracted composition. Rather than representing the meadows in various shades of green, the artist juxtaposed complementary colours such as yellow and purple, orange and blue in rhythmic alternations. He translated the rolling fields and the gabled roofs of the village houses into triangles, rhombi and rectangles spreading across the surface like a mosaic. By choosing the same formal language for nature and architecture alike, he brought them together to form a whole.)

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