Heinrich Nauen (1880 - 1940)
The Rhenish Expressionist artist Heinrich Nauen was born in Krefeld, and during his career he produced a wide range of works including murals, paintings, watercolors and prints. Beginning in 1898, he studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, graduating in 1902, and a member of the faculty there from 1921 to 1937.
He married Marie von Malachowski, a fellow artist, in 1905; during their extended stay in Paris, the couple studied impressionism, particularly the work of Van Gogh. Returning to Berlin in 1906, Nauen joined the Berlin Secession and became a board member of the German Artists’ Association, forming close relationships with Emil Nolde and Max Beckmann. Nauen left Berlin and settled in the Rhineland, traveling once again to Paris where he became familiar with the work of Cubist painters. He participated in the Sonderbund exhibition in Cologne and in an exhibition of the Rhenish Expressionists in Bonn.
In 1937, Nauen was driven from his faculty post at Düsseldorf by the National Socialists, forced into retirement, and finally settled in Kalkar on the lower Rhine, where he died.
Mutter und Kind
Drypoint on cream laid paper, 1919; edition size unknown. Image size 7-3/8” x 9-5/8”; sheet size 9½” x 13.” Published unsigned in the German art review Genius. A fine impression in overall fine condition.