In our Elysée gallery, contemporary figurative painting from northern Germany has been exhibited and promoted in a changing programme of exhibitions since 1985. After as many as 140 exhibitions, patron and collector Christa Block has created a greatly respected forum for the promotion of art in Hamburg and beyond. The gallery presents a convincing range of stylistic and thematic positions and thus pays tribute to the important traditions of realism in northern Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The “Oil Paintings in Trowel Technique” exhibition by Stefan Dobritz and Peter Witt is the 150th exhibition at the Elysée’s gallery!
Sunbeams spectacularly pierce the dense grey cloud cover, hitting the steep cliffs by the calm sea. At the same time, the round arches of the Alster arcades in Hamburg shine in their familiar white, and are reflected in the nearby Alsterfleet waterway. These are just a few of the motifs of contemporary northern German representational painting that gallerist Christa Block is showing at her 150th exhibition in the Gallery in the Elysée. With the works of Stefan Dobritz and Peter Witt, she is displaying precisely the type of painting in the realist tradition that she has successfully been exhibiting and promoting since 1985. Stefan Dobritz and Peter Witt, who jointly run a gallery on the island of Sylt and who manage studios in Hamburg and Lübeck, are firmly rooted in northern Germany.
They learned their special painting technique, the “trowelling technique in oil”, in the 1980s from Jürgen Runge, a pupil of Kokoschka. The thick application of paint (impasto) always gives their paintings a “feel” of their own, a “third dimension”. Both artists are particularly fascinated by outdoor painting, “au plein air”, the experiencing and capturing of light, shadow and weather conditions on the canvas. This combination of the trowelling technique with an almost three-dimensionality and impressionist style makes these works of art appear especially vivid.
The exhibition will be open every day until Thursday, 7 November 2019.
The “Elysée Prize for Painting” to promote young talent from the region is endowed with €10,000 and has already been awarded 11 times to students at north German universities. An independent jury consisting of artists, art historians and cultural journalists decides on the winner of the award. At the award ceremony, all the works submitted are shown at an exhibition in the Galerie in the Elysée.
After the Elysée Prize exhibitions, the works of the prize winners are purchased and included in the Block Collection. They are shown permanently in the corridors on the fifth floor of the Grand Elysée Hamburg and can be viewed there. A summary of earlier Elysée winners can also be found here.