Emil Bartoschek

Emil Bartoschek ( born July 30, 1899 in Czuchow, Circle Rybnik, Silesia, † February 26, 1969 in Waldbrunn (Westerwald ), Hessen, Germany ) was a German painter and Bauhaus artists.

Life and work

Bartoschek was born in Czuchow that came to Poland in 1922. He began in 1914 an apprenticeship as a decorative painter in Czerwionka, where he also received drawing and painting lessons with the academic painter Gotschlich. Initial work will be shown in 1919 in a collective exhibition in Hindenburg.

In 1920 he began his studies with the preliminary course under Johannes Itten at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Klee and Kandinsky were other masters in the study. Due to the turbulent political situation in the border area of ​​Poland / Silesia he left Weimar and went in 1921 to study at the National Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in Wroclaw. He was a master student of Otto Mueller, a member of the artist group "Die Brücke", and Moll. From 1925 years lived Bartoschek as a freelance artist in Wroclaw, has had solo exhibitions and participated in exhibitions. Actually, he was already on the Expressionist period out, but a reference to the expressionism is noticeable in several pictures of his early creative period. Bartoschek worked in shared studio with Alexander Camaro. 1930 married Bartoschek Elsa lights.

1937 moved permanently to Berlin Bartoschek. There he had a thriving studio in the vicinity of the Tiergarten. He had the necessary for his existence as a painter economic success with impressionistic and naturalistic paintings, mostly he set motifs from the surrounding Brandenburg Represent found in the galleries of Sarcander and Kallide in the passage Friedrichstrasse their buyers. So could Emil Bartoschek - protected from the public eye - working with images that have registered him at this time as "degenerate art " prohibition, they would become public. 1939 Emil Bartoschek acquired a plot of land in Great Beautiful Beck in the Schorfheide, where he built a weekend home in order to work undisturbed.

In 1942 his Berlin studio and much of his work was destroyed by bombs. He then retired to his house in the Schorfheide. In 1945 he had to flee to acquaintances after Grevenbrück with just a few rescued art supplies before the approaching Russian army. Almost all his early work, stored in a Berlin bunker was destroyed during the fighting.

( † 2013 Waldbrunn (Westerwald ) * 1920 in Soldin / Mark Brandenburg, today Mysliborz, Poland), which will be his second wife in Grevenbrück is among his Malschülern Hildegard Grunert. In 1947 he is a member of the artist association Hagenring in Hagen. In several exhibitions display his images. In 1949, the separation from his first wife. Bartoschek moved with Hildegard Grune, who begins a study of ceramics and decorative painting at the Cologne plant art schools, in 1951 in Cologne. Here he turned back to the modern painting. It may also take impressionistic, abstract, expressionist and surrealist oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, tempera paintings, charcoal, chalk, graphite drawings, which have been shown in solo and group exhibitions. Cologne gallery to sell his works good, but the success in Berlin Bartoschek is unable to repeat. Hildegard Grunert, subsequent to their training a ceramics workshop. They married in 1965, leaving Cologne to Waldbrunn (Westerwald ), away from the bustle of the city, retired and live alone to pursue her art. But after a few years, 1969, Emil Bartoschek died shortly before his 70th birthday. He left behind an extensive late work.


His pictures, which he painted in large numbers to conceal his abstract work, the most extensive destruction of his main work and his extensive and wide-ranging late work today give a distorted picture of the work of the Bauhaus artist Bartoschek.

Works by him are in the Museum Haus Schlesien (German cultural and educational center eV, in Heisterbacherrott, Museum of the City Lenne city) as well as privately owned. The house Silesia showed an exhibition of works by Bartoschek 1986. 2013 showed Amnesty International, the exhibition "Art and Human Rights", it works by Bartoschek.

Bartoschek in the mirror of art criticism

At an exhibition in Cologne in 1960, the art critic Horst Richter wrote in Cologne's cultural mirror of 12 April 1960:

"(...) Bartoschek recognized the expression values ​​of the picturesque abstraction already at a time in which it still meant a risk to completely banish the subject from the image. His spiritual home was basically the Berlin " storm", although Bartoschek has neither issued at Walden still belongs to the circle of artists. The Silesians was reflected as a creative hermit through life, even through the arid art years of the Third Reich, when he a " bread painting " impressionistic nature of business to the outside in order to take them further in the silence of the now outlawed abstract means of expression can. (...) "