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Ida Kerkovius

Ida Kerkovius

Riga/Lettland 1879 -
Stuttgart 1970

Born as a Baltic German in Riga on 31 August 1879, Ida Kerkovius began her artistic training at the age of twenty at a private painting school in Riga. She was so fascinated by an exhibition of works by a pupil of Adolf Hölzel in 1902 that she decided to continue her studies in Dachau near Munich where Adolf Hölzel had opened a private painting school.
Hölzel's colour theory, as well as his doctrine of the "Primat der Mittel", manifests itself in Ida Kerkovius' work in new, un-dogmatic elements. She accompanied her teacher to Stuttgart in 1908, was given a master studio at the Akademie and began working as an independent artist in 1911.
In the years of war, Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Kerkovius' later sponsor and collector, took private painting and drawing lessons with the artist. She spent the years 1920 to 1923 studying at the "Bauhaus" in Weimar where she met Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. It was one of the preconditions of the "Bauhaus" that each artist had to learn a craft, and Kerkovius chose weaving.
In 1922 she received German citizenship with her naturalisation in Wuerttemberg. In 1925 Kerkovius travelled to Paris, Northern Italy and Switzerland and participated in famous exhibitions. She was included in the list of "degenerate artists" by the National Socialists in 1933 and in 1939 her family was "repatriated" to Germany where Stuttgart became her second hometown.
The artist's studio in Stuttgart was completely wrecked during an air raid, destroying many of her paintings and works, but she continued working after 1945 with the same unbroken enthusiasm as before.
Ida Kerkovius' works are influenced by western painting traditions. The artist adopted the languages of Cubism, Expressionism and abstract painting. The last two decades of her life were extremely successful. She was awarded the "Bundesverdienstkreuz erster Klasse" in 1954, the title of professor as well as an honorary membership of the board of the "Deutscher Künstlerbund" followed in 1958. She continued working incessantly until her death even though she was severely ill. Her last oil painting "Bel Vue" was never finished.
Ida Kerkovius died in Stuttgart on 8 June 1970.

Ketterer Kunst
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Ida Kerkovius - Stillleben mit Blumenstock und Vasen
Ida Kerkovius
"Stillleben mit Blumenstock und Vasen"
5,550 $

Pablo Picasso - Colombe au Rameau d'Olivier, Visage, Main et Feuille de Chêne (5.12.50 XIII)
Pablo Picasso
"Colombe au Rameau d'Olivier, Visage, Main et Feuille de Chêne (5.12.50 XIII)"
133,200 $

Otto Dix - Sonnenblume am Atelierfenster
Otto Dix
"Sonnenblume am Atelierfenster"
66,600 $

Henri Matisse - Marie-José en robe jaune
Henri Matisse
"Marie-José en robe jaune"
55,500 $

Wilhelm Lehmbruck - Kleine Sinnende
Wilhelm Lehmbruck
"Kleine Sinnende"
44,400 $

Arnold Balwé - Ländlicher Garten I
Arnold Balwé
"Ländlicher Garten I"
31,080 $

Fritz Behn - Ungarischer Keiler
Fritz Behn
"Ungarischer Keiler"
22,200 $

Marc Chagall - The Story of the Exodus
Marc Chagall
"The Story of the Exodus"
16,650 $