Along with Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Ernst Barlach and Georg Kolbe, Edwin Scharff (1887-1955) is one of the most important German sculptors of the first half of the 20th century.
He started out as a painter, but soon turned to sculpture. Like his contemporaries, he was committed to figuration, invoking a stylistic idiom informed by classicism and striving towards a contemporary, but universal human image. Key locations in the creative life of this artist born in Neu-Ulm are Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. In the 1930s Edwin Scharff was defamed as ‘degenerate’ artist and banned from working and exhibiting. He was rehabilitated in the post-war period and continued to work and teach until his death in Hamburg in 1955.
The permanent collection in the museum presents sculptures, pictures and documents of Edwin Scharff and his contemporaries. Works by Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz and Wilhelm Lehmbruck complement the picture of the period and illustrate by direct comparison characteristic features of Scharff’s work.
Hg. Helga Gutbrod, Edwin Scharff Museum Neu-Ulm
258 farbige Abb., 56 s/w Abb.
21 x 27 cm