The painter Hans Purrmann is regarded today as a great colourist. Recognised and acclaimed in his lifetime, his work has only been rediscovered in the last 15 years. Initially, art critics assessed his work with reservation. And yet from the beginning of the 20th century up and into the 1960s, as an artist and networker with connections in Munich, Paris, Berlin and Florence, Hans Purrmann occupied a position important for the development of classical modernism. He cultivated an extensive, cross-border correspondence with Max Liebermann, Henri Matisse, Hermann Hesse and Emy Roeder, which is retraced in the exhibition. Regional aspects are also highlighted as Hans Purrmann lived from time to time on the estate belonging to his wife's family in Beilstein.
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