Gustav Wimmer. Pictures with No Name

An exhibition organised by the Fine Arts Society of Schleswig-Holstein

September 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018

ohne Titel (Familie mit Flöte spielendem Knaben im Wald, WV 552), 1961 Öl auf Leinwand, 60,5 x 76 cm Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Dauerleihgabe Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein, Schenkung Hans und Hilde Kasdorff Foto: Sönke Ehlert
ohne Titel (Familie mit Flöte spielendem Knaben im Wald, WV 552), 1961 Öl auf Leinwand, 60,5 x 76 cm Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Dauerleihgabe Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein, Schenkung Hans und Hilde Kasdorff Foto: Sönke Ehlert

Gustav Wimmer (1877-1964) is a rarely exhibited artist whose work is largely unknown – for all that his landscapes and portraits are readily recognisable. His nebulous painting technique and the tonalities of his work – either very bright or very dark – quite often create an impression of complete motionlessness and eerie silence. It is said Wimmer did not believe in mysteries, yet he produced mysterious paintings. The artist did not give his works fixed titles; instead he produced pictures with no name.
 

Gustav Wimmer was from Stettin (now Szczecin), and studied at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. After World War II, he lived initially in East Frisia, and later spent the rest of his life in Kiel.
In recent years, the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein (Fine Arts Society of Schleswig-Holstein) has received gifts of seventeen works by Gustav Wimmer. Our exhibition combines these works with loans from private owners and the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald.