Adolf Hölzel

Adolf Hölzel : ” 28.2.1905 the exhibition will be opened tomorrow”

Adolf Hölzel worked in Dachau from 1888 to 1905 , where he was founding the “Dachauer Malerakademie”. Already during his time in Dachau his work began moving toward abstraction, reflecting his interest in such principles as the golden section and Goethe’s Theory of Colors. He taught at the Stuttgart Academy, and painted—four years before Wassily Kandinsky—an abstract painting (Composition in Red, 1905). Among his students the so-called “Hölzel circle” developed, including Oskar Schlemmer, Willi Baumeister, Max Ackermann and Johannes Itten. (wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hölzel). Adolf Hölzel was not only member of the Munic Secession, he also was one of the founders of the Secession in Vienna.

The letter presented here (A. Hölzel writes to Helene Kaumann) talks about the exhibition (Spring-exhibition of Secession in Munich ): “Today, I  have already been in the Secession and seen with joy that one of your paintings is exhibited”….” about 200 paintings are exhibited, more than 1000 were consigned..”

Hölzel also writes about other artists “Müller and Bürgers (1870-1934) are well represented, Terglav is represented with one (probably “Vorfrühling” –> http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kk1905/0416?sid=d55f280cc735302e7e3a46bfea6f5bd5 ), but not that (painting) which is important to him ”

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