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Guided tour: “Varieté”, 1911, Georg Tappert

The Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra offers you this week a new guided tour of a particular artwork from the exhibition “INFLUENCERS in Art. From Van Goyen to Pop Art“, which you can discover from home.

Today, the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra invites you to discover “ Varieté “, 1911, by the German artist Georg Tappert, part of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collection.

Georg Tappert was born in Berlin on 20 October 1880 and died on 17 November 1957 in the same city. Initially trained as a tailor, he turned to art at the beginning of the 1900s, and more specifically to the new movements that appeared at that time in the German capital. For the artist, this period represents the pinnacle of his career. Nevertheless, when Hitler came to power, Tappert had to face rejection of his work. This upheaval marked a profound break in his career, since he would never again find his dynamism and visibility on the artistic scene, even after the war.

His style, which does not belong to any defined movement, illustrates his desire to pursue his own artistic goals. His first artworks, inspired by the work of Gauguin and Cézanne, developed through contact with various groups such as the Deutscher Künstlerbund, the Neue Secession, and then, after the First World War, the Novembergruppe. All these associations have in common the rejection of academic supremacism through the promotion of young artists and the demand for free and varied art.

Tappert stands out in his works for his mastery of chromatic contrasts and his use of pure colours, but also for his subjects who defend individual freedom and expressive frenzy. His compositions, usually very frontal, are punctuated by details that give impressions of depth amidst all his ornamental elements.

We therefore let you discover “ Varieté “, 1911, by Georg Tappert, an artist who was forgotten for decades and who, since the 1980s, has been rediscovered and recognized today as one of the pioneers of German modern art and the consolidator of the Impressionist movement.

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