Hans Purrmann (1880 Speyer - Basel 1966), student and a friend of Matisse, were part of the german painters of Café du Dôme. He partly lived in Paris from 1905 to 1914. He was interested in the fauvists, but also had sympathy for Renoir, from whom other artists distanced theirselves in 1905. In 1918, surprisingly before the end of World War I, therefore in an critical economically time and in a bad mood, the first solo exhibition of Purrmann took part in the gallery of Paul Cassirer in Berlin. There were also shown this painting, which the reviewer Curt Glaser used in his article in the magazine “Kunst und Künstler” (“Art and Artist”), this was an honour because publishing an image in a magazine was very rare because of the high costs. The woman in this painting is not – like suspected before – Mathilde Vollmoeller, the wife of Purrmann, but one of Purrman’s nude models in Berlin (thanks to Dr. Adolf Leisen, Purmann-Haus, Speyer for this information in 2002). There is neither lightness of the Fauvists, nor vitality of the group “Brücke” from Dresden, although Purrmann spent many years in Paris – maybe the reason therefor is that he had unkown women as models and not long known friends or his wife. Purrmann sees the bodies and faces in a realistic way of portraits, which is not reducing the erotic attraction, but invite to a picturesque-visual journey of the human being and of the body. This female nude with raised arms is a real woman, who is asking for her effect. But at the same time her white-rose-blue and yellow skin is interwoven with the blue armchair and the green walls, as well as with the brown and yellow items that are surrounding her as if she is laying on a blanket painted in this colours.
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