Baumeister's autobiographical statement for the Sunday supplement of the Stuttgarter Zeitung (Sept. 21, 1946) presenting the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts and its teaching staff (also including: Hermann Sohn, Hermann Brachert, Rudolf Yelin, Otto Baum, and Fritz Steisslinger).
born 1889 in Stuttgart. studied at the stuttgart academy of arts under hölzel, essentially autodidact. also active as stage designer, architectural painter, tipograf, painting technician engaged in research, writer. exhibited in the metropolises of cultivated countries, with representative collections several times in berlin, paris, london, milan, rome. participated in exhibitions in every cultivated country, including the usa. pictures in almost every German museum, nationalgalerie berlin, etc., in foreign museums, in domestic and foreign private collections. state prize of germany 1930, french prize 1931 in bordeaux. professor of the frankfurt am main art school 1928. brusque dismissal on march 31, 1933.
until 1907 naturalist, 1907 to 1909 impressionist, 1910 to 1914 postimpressionism; 1919 to 1930 constructivism; 1924 to 1929 sports pictures; 1920 to 1935 abstraction of sports pictures; 1935 to 1937 "painterly compositions;" 1937 to 1938 nonrepresentational painting (ideograms); 1939 series of compositions with floating shapes; 1942 elementary black and white compositions and relief paintings; 1940 pictures with colored glaze; 1942 black and white pictures and relief forms; 1943 illustrations to "gilgamesh," "saul," "esther," shakespeare's "tempest;" 1944 wrote the manuscript "the unknown in art." publications: monographs in various languages, catalogues of group exhibitions, articles in internationally recognized art magazines and newspapers. currently exhibition in the usa.
Willi Baumeister's Autobiography 1955
Willi Baumeister penned this résumé shortly before his death:
Professor, artist, stage designer
Stuttgart-O [East], Gerokstraße ...
Born on January 22, 1889 in Stuttgart - married.
Training as a decorative painter, Art Academy; Autodidact.
Until 1933 professor at the Frankfurt am Main Art School and beginning in 1946 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart; defamed as degenerate during the Hitler era. Pictures in German and foreign museums, e.g. Amsterdam, Paris, New York.
Publications: Das Unbekannte in der Kunst (The Unknown in Art), 1947 Will Grohmann, Monograph, 1952