Bernhard Hoetger - The Plane Tree Grove

A Total Artwork on the Mathildenhöhe

Edited by Ralf Beil and Philipp Gutbrod

Edited by Ralf Beil and Philipp Gutbrod

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

128 pages | 73 color plates | 11 2/5 x 9 4/5 | © 2013
Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9783777420271 Published September 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
Expressionist sculptor Bernhard Hoetger (1874–1949) was a key figure in the Art Nouveau movement in Germany. This volume focuses on the series of extremely influential sculptural works that Hoetger created for the plane tree grove of the Art Nouveau exhibition center Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. A member of the Darmstadt artists’ colony, Hoetger created more than forty sculptural works for the colony’s final exhibition in 1914, including reliefs, animal sculptures, jug carriers, vases, and more. Exhibited across the entire garden area, the artworks drew on motifs not only from Christian art and the Western tradition, but also on Buddhism, ancient Egyptian poetry, and more—and the result was an outdoor realm that visitors experienced as almost sacred
This beautifully illustrated volume, the first in-depth look at these works in a century, includes new photographs of all the artworks in situ and also details the extensive restoration work they’ve undergone in recent years.

Contents

Hoetger’s Hymn to Life

An Early Utopia of World Art

 

Bhagavad Giota and Anti-Pietà

Bernhard Hoetger’s Hieratic Total

Artwork on the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

 

The Plane Tree Grove

Picture section with comments by Renate Charlotte Hoffmann

 

Fountain

 

Dying Mother with Child

 

Spring

 

Summer

 

Sleep

 

Resurrection

 

Appendix

 

Selected Literature

 

Imprint/Picture Credits

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