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Bürgersaalkirche: Ceiling (pt. 3)

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 27 July 2011 in Art & Design.

Hermann Kaspar created these ceiling paintings in the early 1970s; this one depicts the assumption of St Mary.

Kaspar (1904-1986), a friend of Albert Speer, was a renowned designer, painter, and professor both in Nazi and post-war Germany. The student protesters of 1968 considered him to be a parade example for the motto: 'The leading aesthetics is the aesthetics of the leaders' as well as the missed denazification of the German society. He stayed at the art academy nonetheless; the paintings in Bürgersaalkirche are belonging to his later works. Several German artists studied under him.

Traces of the Speer connection can also be found in Düsseldorf; several architects from Berlin moved to here and transformed into proponents of modernism very quickly; they designed a lot of post-war landmarks, including several acclaimed main streets for making Düsseldorf a 'car-friendly city'.

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

This art is truly worthy of a King, most beautiful painting.

27 Jul 2011 5:46am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Too bad the originals were destroyed in '44!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Difficult to untangle the Past when looking at history . . the Future looks mighty tangled, too.

27 Jul 2011 8:00am

@Ronnie 2¢: Sometimes it seems better to ignore the details.

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

gut ausgerichtet und feine Farben.

27 Jul 2011 1:25pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

MS...these ceiling paintings look so much 'different' or 'modern' to what we are used to...what's the style or story?

27 Jul 2011 7:21pm

@Ted: It's figural painting in a post-modern style. Reminds me a bit of El Greco, but more flat.