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 Otto Illies  (1881 - 1959)

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BIOGRAPHY for Otto Illies
1881 (Yokohama, Japan)
1959 (Wernigerode)


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Biography from Kunst& Auktionshaus Eva Aldag:
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Otto Illies was born on January 25, 1881 in Yokohama, Japan and died on February 22, 1959 in Wernigerode, Harz.  Illies was a German painter, graphic artist and the nephew of Arthur Illies.  He attended school in Hamburg.  In 1898 he lived in an apartment in his parents' house on the Falkenstein on the Elbe.  In 1898-99 he took painting lessons with Georg Burmester in Kiel and in 1900 in Hamburg he studied under Ernst Eitner at the art school.

He then went to Munich in 1901, where he studied at the University of Art History and History.  In 1902-03 he undertook nude studies with Heinrich Knirr.  In 1904-1908 he attended the art school in Weimar, together with Ivo Hauptmann, as a master student of Prof. Ludwig von Hofmann, with whom he struck up a friendship. In 1908-10 he was a part of Atelier community with the painter Hans Delbruck in Berlin.

He returned to Hamburg in 1912.  Then in 1917 he married Hildegard Goslich and moved with her to the Falkenstein.  He was a member of the Association North West German artists, the Schleswig-Holstein Artists Cooperative and National Association German artists.  He traveled to the Baltic coast and in the Alps. 

Since 1924 he lived in Wernigerode am Harz.  In the winters of 1910-1928 he stayed in Warmberg at Partenkirchen, but spent summer in the North Sea and Baltic coasts.  He is know for strongly colored landscapes ("Falkenstein at Blankenese", "Evening at the Elbe") and rural motifs ("barn", "house in the snow", "wheat field").  He was influenced by the Theodor Hagen's pupil Carl Lambrecht and suggestions by the old German masters, Segantini and Hodler.  As a graphic artist he is also known for his etchings.  His solo exhibition in 2002 was held at Hamburg gallery Herold.

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