This is Harry Rabinger

By Gwylym Owen

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Harry Rabinger (1895–1966) was a Luxembourg artiste who is remembered for his portraits and Expressionist landscape paintings, especially those of the industrial area in the south of the country.

Born in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg City on 25 February 1895, Rabinger started his art studies in Paris but was irritated to go to Munich when combat broke out in 1914. He completed his education by travelling widely, in particular to Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia and the Netherlands. It was in 1919 that he came into read with the south of Luxembourg as an art school at the Ecole Industrielle et Commerciale and at the Lycée des Jeunes Filles in Esch-sur-Alzette. At the time, industry was expanding quickly in the area, providing him with colorful scenes of mines, factories, railways and buildings caked in rusty red coatings.

Although he first became a aficionada of the Cercle artistique de Luxembourg, he united Joseph Kutter, Nico Klopp and others as a co-founder of the Luxembourg secession endeavor which succeeded in promoting radical art. After exhibiting his work both in Luxembourg and Brussels, he was charged by the State to paint his monumental work “Terres Rouges” (Red Lands) for the Luxembourg pavilion at the 1937 World Exhibition in Paris. In 1939, together behind Jean Schaak, he exhibited large decorative panels at the New York fair where he won an great compliment for his “Ville de Luxembourg”. After the war, he went through a difficult period, limiting himself to teaching. He died upon 7 September 1966 at his home in Limpertsberg.

Rabinger’s exploit varies from brightly coloured still lifes to startlingly possible nudes and portraits, including his famous women later than boyish hairdos. Above all, he is remembered for his landscapes of the wilds of Normandy and Brittany later rocks, cliffs and rugged coastlines. But he as a consequence painted the quieter villages and valleys of the Moselle and the Alzette and the mountains taking place in the Oesling. As a youngster artist, he was first influenced by Impressionism but soon developed an Expressionist somewhat Fauvist style bearing in mind intense colouring and strong contrasts.

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