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Lesser Ury

Biography from Lehr Kunstauktionen

Lesser Ury (1861-1931)

He is considered among the groundbreaking representatives of Impressionism in Germany, where not only his streets by night but also his landscape views contributed to his popularity. 
He realized early on that he was not cut out for the pedantic operation of German academies and sought his fortune in Brussels and Paris.

From 1880 to 1886 he found in
plein - air painting his determination, his refuge .  Ury had his difficulties with interpersonal relationships, so that he often preferred the solitude of painting.  In the summer of 1892 he decided to travel for three months to Schleswig -Holstein, in order to work undisturbed over there.  On the recommendation of the older fellow painter Hans Olde, the choice fell on a village beach on the Kiel Fjord .  Ury wrote to Olde : "If I find any village through your kindness, in which the people are not too rough and let me work undisturbed, above all, I can not drink beer, only find milk, eggs, bread and butter, then I'm satisfied.  I want to paint a canvas once down 2-3 meters from nature. " (after Schlogel 1995)  The wide North German countryside with scattered mounts of hay fascinated Ury . Ury was an outstanding mood painter who dominated the entire gamut of color shades and color games.

Biography from Auctionata
Lesser Ury was born in 1861 in Birnbaum near Posen. After his father's death, the Jewish family moved to Berlin in 1873. Ury started a business training after secondary school, but quit after a year for attending the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. Beginning in 1882, he continued his studies at the Académie Royale in Brussels, and under Jules Joseph Lefèbvre in Paris starting in 1883. Until 1986 he trained at the academies in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Munich. When Fritz Gurlitt exhibited Ury’s first solo exhibitions in 1889/1890, it was no success. Lesser Ury traveled a lot in the following years. In 1914, Lovis Corinth convinced him to join the Berlin Secession, a group of artists, which was regarded as ‘avant-garde’ at that time and which made him an honorary member in 1921. He gained mainly notoriety through exhibitions at the galleries of Paul Cassirer in 1916 and Heinrich Thannhauser in 1917. Until his death in 1931, the artist created an extensive body of work, comprising oil paintings, pastels and prints, influenced by Impressionism. (cko) Lesser Ury is recorded mainly for his impressionist Berlin city views, streets at night, rain depictions and café house scenes. This atmospheric style of painting can also be found in his landscapes. The present work shows a farmhouse on a lake in Brandenburg, which was one of his favorite landscapes.

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About  Lesser Ury

Born:  1861 - Birnbaum
Died:   1931 - Berlin
Known for:  painting