Sunday, April 16, 2017

Max Mayrshofer (1875-1950)

Max Mayrshofer - Fantastic Drawing, 1930

Max Mayrshofer - Untitled, 1931

Max Mayrshofer - Phantasie, 1936

Max Mayrshofer - Untitled, 1930

Max Mayrshofer - Death and Life, 1929

Max Mayrshofer - Phantasie (2), 1930

Max Mayrshofer - Phantasie, 1927

Max Mayrshofer - The Child, 1927

Max Mayrshofer- Apocalypse, 1938

Max Mayrshofer - Phantasie, 1930

Max Mayrshofer - Gpuf, 1927

Max Mayrshofer - Ubermady, 1929

Max Mayrshofer - Ungft, 1927

"In stark contrast to his classic, impressionist painting of the later period, Mayrhofer's sketchbooks contain a multitude of whimsical, grotesque drawings with demons, skeletons and fables. As early as 1912, Wilhelm Michel wrote: "For a while, his imagination had been felled by the creation of fabulous animal bodies which are not equal in the grotesque art of our cultural circle. He has drawn them into a book, diary-like, like hypochondria melancholy and bawdy mood. " Whether this ambiguity in his work is expression of his personality, or whether Mayrshofer as a professor at the art academy had to follow the taste of so-called "German art" propagated in this epoch, can not be explained with certainty to this day.

 It is known from his diaries that Mayrshofer has suffered from a severe renal disease and severe neuralgia since childhood. That is why medical questions were repeatedly occupied by him in his presentations. In a sketch book with the inscription "Nice Drawings" he sketches patients, doctors and death, who dwells as a skeleton among the living. In the midst of the sick and the dead, he represents himself." quote source

All artworks were originally published in the German art magazine Jugend.
A website for the artist can be viewed here.

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