Gesture and line

four post-war German and Austrian artists from the Duerckheim Collection


Showcases a selection of stunning works by four intriguing contemporary artists.


ISBN: 9780714126975 Category:

Michael Semff, John-Paul Stonard


From the 1960s drawing assumed a prominent position in the practice of a rising generation of post-war artists in Germany and Austria. This publication examines works on paper by four artists still comparatively little known in the UK. While Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter, household names in German contemporary art, are well known for their large and commanding works, a quieter and more reflective strand is found in the work of Rudi Tröger (b. 1929), Karl Bohrmann (1928-1998) and Carl-Heinz Wegert (1926-2007). Small and intimate in scale, their drawings focus on the abstracted, minimalist figure, the studio interior and landscapes, through a sensitive use of line and a spare, self-effacing gesturalism. By contrast, the Austrian actionist Hermann Nitsch (1938-2022) presents visceral depictions of the human anatomy in his large lithographs, which come out of his notorious actionist performances. This publication celebrates a second major gift to the British Museum from the German collector Count Christian Duerckheim, whose first gift featured in Germany Divided: Baselitz and his generation, published by the British Museum Press in 2014.

Additional information

Weight 832 g
Dimensions 23.1 x 25.7 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 7 January 2024
Number of pages 112
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.1 x 25.7 cm
Weight 832 g


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John-Paul Stonard is a writer, art historian and member of the consultative committee of the Burlington Magazine. His publications include Creation: Art Since the Beginning (2021), Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now: Seven Scenes from the Life of a House (2021), The Books that Shaped Art History (editor: 2017), Germany Divided: Baselitz and his generation (2014), and Fault Lines: Art in Germany 1945-55 (2007).

Michael Semff is a world-renowned expert on graphic art from the 20th and 21st centuries. He was previously Director of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich.