(German, 1887 – 1975)
Les Fiances (the engaged couple)
Pen and ink on paper
Signed and titled ‘Ackermann Les Fiances’ (lower right)
10.3/4 x 8.1/2 in. (27.3 x 21.3 cm.)
He was a German artist of both abstract and representational subjects. He studied under Henry Van de Velde and then under Franz von Stuck at the Munich art academy from 1909 to 1910. In 1912 he attended the State Academy of Arts in Stuttgardt. As an apprentice of Adolf Holzhel who introduced Ackermann to non representational paintings. He was wounded in the first world war. His first one man show in Stuttgardt was held in 1924, in 1926 he spent time in Paris befriending Mondrian and Adolf Loos, around this time Kandinsky encouraged him in his quest for the absolute painting and in 1928 he shared a collective show in Stuttgardt with Kandinsky and George Groz. As a figure ‘on absolute painting’ he introduced seminars and lectures but considered a degenerate by the Nazi authorities, was forbidden from exhibiting from 1933 and teaching from 1936. He continued his abstract work on Lake Constance in an artist colony that included Otto Dix. Many of this earlier works were destroyed in the war but he continued to paint and lecture. A one man show was held in Koblenz, Kaiserslautern, Friedrichshafen and Lake Constance to mark his 80th birthday in 1967. And retrospectives were held as far and wide as Chicago and Seoul, South Korea.