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Klaus J. Schoen

Klaus J. Schoen, Untitled, 1968, oil on canvas, 185 x 140 cm Ⓒ messmer foundation

Klaus J. Schoen is one of the most important representatives of abstract art in Germany. He developed his own formal language and his works are similar to those of American Hard Edge artists such as Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella and Elsworth Kelly. Schoen’s experimental approach to the basic elements of his painting forms a consistent extension. For many years Klaus J. Schoen has been concerned with the possibilities and problems of geometric abstraction. Nevertheless, Schoen’s works go beyond the rationally fixed or mathematically calculated systematics of concrete-constructive art. In addition to all formal-aesthetic elements, his works also have a sensual dimension. This happens in a striving for harmony. For this he divides the canvas by stripes or surfaces of different widths, arranges them into intervals and rhythms that are sometimes horizontal, sometimes vertical, sometimes diagonal and intersecting. Each colour stands on an equal footing with the other. In some series of works he also expands the creative scope of the usually rectangular picture carrier by irregular formats. In the interaction of line, colour and surface, the artist repeatedly tests the visual possibilities.

born1931 in Königsberg
1951-1952 Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Berlin-Weißensee
1952-1958 Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Berlin-Charlottenburg
1957 Master student of Ernst Schumacher
1957 First exhibition as guest of the Berliner Neue Gruppe
Lives and works in Berlin

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