(1880 - 1966)
Hans Purrmann was active/lived in Germany, France. Hans Purrmann is known for painting, teaching.
In 1905 Purrmann met the artist Henri Matisse in Paris. In addition to a good friendship, a teacher/student relationship simultaneously developed in which Purrmann viewed himself as a student of the older Matisse.
From Paris, the two undertook various trips abroad. In addition to stays in Germany, the artist friends travelled to the south of France. In Cassis and Collioure, they depicted the surroundings and created colourful works – Purrmann always out to learn from Matisse and develop from his criticism. "[…]
He (Matisse) then began to praise himself and claimed I had made tremendous progress, he is delighted with the richness of the colour, with the harmony, and he finds my present work as savoureuse in colour and plein as what I used to make, found that I had only changed my palette, which he considered to be the hardest thing to do, and he found this very distinct and very painterly." (cited in: Billeter, Lenz: Purrmann. Die Gemälde, vol. I, p. 35)
Probably due to the influence of his teacher, Purrmann's brushwork becomes freer and looser in the paintings of Collioure in the same way that his colour palette changes and becomes stronger.
Hans Purrmann (1880-1966)
Hans Purrmann was born in Speyer. In his father's painting business, he first learned the art of painting and later attended the School of Applied Arts in Karlsruhe.
From 1900 to 1905 he studied at the Art Academy in Munich under Franz von Stuck and Gabriel von Hackl. Despite initial artistic success in Germany, Purrmann moved to Paris in 1906 where he met Henri Matisse. He was his teacher and friend and helped him to find his own style.
Back in Germany, Purrmann fled from the Nazis to Florence in 1935, where he became head of the Villa Romana. In 1943 he had to flee again from Italy and found a new home in Montagnola, Switzerland, in 1944.
Hans Purrmann exerted a great influence on many younger painters. He received many honors and awards, among others, in 1964, the great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with a star. (cbo)
Hans Purrmann was born in 1880 in Speyer and died in1966 in Basel. He studied at the School of Applied
Arts Karlsruhe, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
From 1905 until 1909, Hans Purrmann lived in Paris. In 1916, he returned to Berlin. In 1919, he became member of the
Prussian Academy of Arts. In the 1920s, he conducted numerous study trips to Italy.