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(1920 – 2010), Germany

Herbert Beck Biography

Herbert Beck was born in Leipzig (de) in 1920. He initially completed an apprenticeship as goldsmith in Leipzig and took drawing lessons under professor Max Schwimmer at the Leipzig School of Applied Arts for Graphics and Design. In 1948, after the escape from the Soviets to Tegernsee, he began painting as an autodidact. In the 1950s, the gallery Commeter in Hamburg staged several exhibitions of his oil paintings. Also, Hanna Bekker vom Rath supported Beck early on and organised multiple exhibitions for him during the 1960s.

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The acquaintance with Emil Nolde greatly influenced Beck's artistic creativity. Fascinated with the glowing colours in Nolde's watercolours, Beck began to develop his own watercolour technique with strong colouring. Even when painting in oil he achieved a similar character to watercolours by diluting the paint with turpentine exceedingly.

Beck's works belong within the German tradition of Expressionism and show tendencies towards mysticism and magic. Thematically, his oeuvre comprises landscapes, still lifes and figurative compositions. Religious themes take on an important role time and again over the years; dealing with his wartime experiences also becomes evident in numerous works. Even Beck's fondness for jazz and classical music pervades his entire oeuvre as a formal inspiration.

During the late 1970s Beck developed a special technique which was based on random creation. Hence, his „miniatures“ came into being - watercolours of small format with poetic and narrative character.

In 1984, Beck became seriously ill as a result to breathing in turpentine fumes over many years while working on his oil paintings. After his recuperation he concentrated solely on painting with watercolours. During the last years of creation he painted a cycle of watercolours which he named „Faces of the World“. Through the often shocking and unmasking depictions of perpetrators and victims he expressed his idea of the human being in the 20th century. Even his landscape pictures he developed further into the abstract „Meditative Landscapes“ consisting of spatial levels of colour.

The artist died 90 years of age after a short illness in 2010

Herbert Beck Featured Artworks

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Landschaftsmeditation by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckLandschaftsmeditation, 1999Watercolour on handmade paper
72.5 x 90 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
"Abend am Meer" by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert Beck"Abend am Meer", 1995Watercolour on handmade paper
53.5 x 72 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Abstrakte Landschaft by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckAbstrakte Landschaft, c. 2005Watercolour on handmade paper
70 x 89 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Vollmond by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckVollmond, c. 2000Watercolour on handmade paper
73 x 90 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Träumer (Jude) by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckTräumer (Jude), 2009Watercolour on paper
41 x 31 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Sonnenuntergang by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckSonnenuntergang, c. 2006Watercolour on paper
70 x 86.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Sonnenuntergang by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckSonnenuntergangWatercolour on grained watercolour paper
42.5 x 71.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Gesicht by Herbert Beck contemporary artwork
Herbert BeckGesicht, 2006Watercolour on paper
25 x 18.7 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery

Herbert Beck Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Breeze at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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30 July–19 September 2020 Group Exhibition Summer Breeze Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, DüsseldorfDüsseldorf
Contemporary art exhibition, Herbert Beck, Emil Nolde, Beck meets Nolde. Inspiration and Realization at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Vienna
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29 November 2018–13 February 2019 Herbert Beck, Emil Nolde Beck meets Nolde. Inspiration and Realization Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, ViennaVienna
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Thank you for the Flowers at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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6 July–1 September 2018 Group Exhibition Thank you for the Flowers Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, DüsseldorfDüsseldorf

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