Project title
Otto Fischer-Trachau
Object description

* August 15, 1878 in Trachau near Dresden; † July 13, 1958 in Hamburg
 
Painter and interior designer
 
Otto Fischer-Trachau was a member of the Hamburg Secession from 1919 until its forced dissolution in 1933 and part of the avant-garde Expressionist movement in the Hanseatic city. Emil Maetzel, also a member of the Hamburg Secession, wrote of the artist's paintings, "Here one feels what significant enrichment the dynamism of Expressionism... has brought. What tremendous liveliness and rhythm in form and color!"
 
Otto Fischer-Trachau was a member of the Hamburg Secession from 1919 until its forced dissolution in 1933 and part of the avantgarde Expressionist movement in the Hanseatic city. Emil Maetzel, also a member of the Hamburg Secession, wrote of the artist's paintings, "Here one feels what significant enrichment the dynamism of Expressionism ... has brought. What tremendous liveliness and rhythm in form and color!"
Fischer-Trachau studied at the Museum of School of Arts and Crafts and the Kunstakademie Dresden from 1902 to 1907. Here he acquired the tools for his revolutionary concept of interior design with bright colors, which he realized in a large number of buildings from 1907 onwards at his new home in Hamburg. As a front-line correspondent in World War I, he witnessed the suffering and bravery of the soldiers. Until the end of the 1920s, his pictorial language was late Expressionist and featured Cubist elements. Afterwards, he came to terms with the art of Picasso and the Bauhäusler and adopted a strongly abstract, partly non-representational and strictly constructive style. From 1927 to 1933 he held a professorship at the Wiesbaden School of Applied Arts. During the Nazi dictatorship he was dismissed from his teaching position in 1933, but did not remain entirely without public commissions. After the Second World War Fischer-Trachau worked as a freelance artist. He created numerous oil paintings and drawings that depicted abstract structures and non-representational bodies. Thus he is one of the few Hamburg painters who turned away from figurative painting and towards abstract art in the post-war period. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the artist's death in 2008, the Sparkasse Hamburg is presenting the exhibition "Otto Fischer-Trachau. Life and Work - An Approach".