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Emil Betzler 'Harlequins 2' German Expressionist Work on Paper



Emil Betzler German expressionist tempera on paper on ingrain 'Harlequins 2', the 1960s Outstanding piece of expressionist art. Signed. Similar work is shown in 'Emil Betzler' - monograph of his artwork released in 1968 by Prof. Dr Hans Meyers, Metopen Verlag Frankfurt/M, illustration No. No. 32, 41 or 48. The motif of harlequins, court jesters, clowns or bajazzos occurs early in his work. Further harlequin pictures are in private collections in Kairo, New York, Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt. Size: 20.5" x 11.2" in. (52 x 28,5 cm), black cardboard size 27.5" x 17.5" in. (70 x 44,5 cm). The condition of the work is excellent, aging of the cardboard can be noticed. Emil Betzler (1892-1974) was a German Expressionist painter and graphic artist, author and teacher. He belongs to the generation of Chagall, Ernst, Dix and Grosz and was a friend of Germany's best-known Expressionist painter, sculptor and printmaker Max Beckmann. He was the co-founder of the artist group 'Ghat‘. In 1933 Emil Betzler was accused by the National Socialists of being a 'representative of deformed, expressionistic, Bolshevik art' a spy of the Jews and a member of the KPD. The Nazis had branded his work as ‘Degenerate Art‘. 1967 he has been awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit. Paintings by Emil Betzler are rarely seen in the art market. His artwork was shown in 32 galleries and museums inter alia in Frankfurt/M., Düsseldorf, Berlin, Ancona and Paris, thereof 8 solo exhibitions.


  • Creator
    Emil Betzler (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Width: 11.23 in. (28.5 cm)Depth: 0.04 in. (1 mm)
  • Style
    Expressionist (Of the Period)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Niederdorfelden, DE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LU23403188450421stDibs: LU2340318845042

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