Hans Purrmann Handzeichnungen1895-1966

Catalogue Raisonné


An art historical desideratum: the catalogue of Purrmann’s drawings


ISBN: 9783775736800 Category:


Hans Purrmann (1880-1966) was one of the leading German artists in the first half of the 20th century. He studied with Franz von Stuck in Munich, but first discovered his own palette in Paris when he undertook a lively exploration of the works of Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne. After other sojourns in Berlin and Florence, where he was head of the Villa Romana, the artists’ house, in the 1930s, Purrmann was a neighbor of Hermann Hesse’s in Montagnola in Ticino after 1943.The catalogue of drawings completes the scientific compilation of his oeuvre, with more than 1200 drawings having been documented for it. Of note are the many nudes that he drew at the Académie Matisse in Paris. Purrmann preferred pencil, ink, or charcoal, while colored chalk drawings are more rare. Also striking is his tendency to use high-quality rag paper with elaborate watermarks. The artist considered the drawing an autonomous work of art, and thus it becomes a collector’s item.

Additional information

Weight 3030 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 32 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 6 November 2014
Number of pages 496
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Felix Billeter, Bettina Bünte, Pia Dornacher, and Lisa Kern
Dimensions 24.9 x 32 cm
Weight 3030 g