(1861 - 1931)
Lesser Ury was active/lived in Germany. Lesser Ury is known for painting.
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Lesser Ury (1861-1931)
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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.
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.
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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