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Angles and Edges
Previously little known in Germany, in Switzerland he has long since ranked among the significant expressionists of the second generation: the Basel-resident sculptor, painter and graphic artist Hermann Scherer (1893–1927), co-founder of the Rot-Blau group of artists.
After training as a stonemason, Scherer takes a radically new direction around 1924. Inspired by the former Brücke artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, whom he visits several times in Davos, Scherer works for the first time in wood. Until his early death in 1927 he creates around 25 sculptures and over 100 woodcuts.
The new material also brings a stylistic change. With forceful strokes, Sherer hacks out stark visual worlds. His life’s themes of love and compulsion, togetherness and aloneness, angst and excess are sharply intensified in the woodcuts.
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