The German People's Favourite Painter
From 3 July to 29 September 2013, the Städel Museum featured the survey “Hans Thoma. ‘The German People’s Favourite Painter’”, devoted to the lifework of a painter and graphic artist celebrated in Germany in the period around 1900. The presentation took a closer look at why Hans Thoma (1839–1924) – once referred to by the public and art critics alike as the “greatest German master” – attained such enormous popularity around the turn of the century, while also seeking explanations for his increasing reassessment after 1945. With the aid of more than one hundred works, the first Hans Thoma survey to be staged in a German museum in more than twenty years showed that Thoma was far more than just the painter of the picturesque Black Forest landscapes with which he is widely associated today.
CURATORS: Dr. Felix Krämer and Dr. Nerina Santorius, Städel Museum
SUPPORTED BY: Accenture, Georg und Franziska Speyer’sche Hochschulstiftung