Hann Trier (1915-1999) created a unique individual body of work with his gestural paintings. His oeuvre occupies a special position in the art of the 20th century and is associated with the artistic movement known as German Informel. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Trier’s birth the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne will stage a homage to the artist with more than 70 watercolours, gouaches and drawings from a total of 14 lenders.
Hann Trier is one of the artists of the German post-war generation who, as a result of their encounter with the impetus of international contemporary painting, were in search of new pictorial content. Trier created works without discernibly representational themes – pictures in which movement became the most important aspect. The act of painting itself, and the free treatment of form and colour created new constellations. The dynamic graphic structures in these works are compelling.
The dynamic process of image composition, at the centre of which is the rhythm of the brush strokes, is particularly evident in his numerous works on paper. His watercolours, gouaches and drawings in ink and pencil reveal the artist’s handwriting in this process of image creation more clearly and genuinely than his paintings with their more complex pictorial compositions.
“I dance with the brushes”, Hann Trier said, and created works using both hands. They are works that breathe spontaneity, immediacy and vitality.