Ernst Geitlinger (1895–1972) was an innovative painter throughout his life and is regarded as a pioneer of geometric abstract painting in Germany. The selection of works in the permanent Geitlinger Collection reveals how the artist increasingly moved away from representation to finally concentrating on pure relationships between form and colour.
Geitlinger, who was born in Frankfurt, lived in New York for many years before returning to Germany to study fine art. His art was deemed to be ‘degenerate’ in the Nazi period. Ernst Geitlinger was a co-founder of the “Neue Gruppe” of artists in Munich and represented Germany at the 1948 Venice Biennale. Between 1952 and 1965 he was Professor of Painting and Graphic Arts at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste [Academy of Visual Arts] in Munich where he became a role model for the emergence of experimental abstract art after 1945. He died in 1972 in Seeshaupt on Lake Starnberg (Bavaria).
Unlike Edwin Scharff, who was born in Neu-Ulm, there are no biographical connections between Ernst Geitlinger and Neu-Ulm. Since the 1990s, the now dissolved Ernst Geitlinger Society, an association of his former students, has made a large part of the bequest available to the town of Neu-Ulm. The collection has been supplemented in recent years by a number of purchases. Since 2009 - on the occasion of the museum's reopening in 2018 - the descendants have also bequeathed to the museum a significant collection of graphic works on paper.
Ernst Geitlinger – Werkverzeichnis 1924 - 1972
Gemälde und Arbeiten auf Papier.
Zusammengestellt und bearbeitet von Roswitha Nees.
Hrsg.: Ernst Geitlinger Gesellschaft, München.