8 facts about Martin Brandenburg

By Gwylym Owen

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Martin Brandenburg (8 May 1870 in Posen – 19 February 1919 in Stuttgart) was a German Impressionist painter, draftsman and graphic artist, best known for his landscapes filled as soon as fantastical figures.

From 1889 to 1892, he studied at the Prussian Academy of Art then, from 1894 to 1895 in Paris. He first came to trailer through an exhibition held in the Fritz Gurlitt Salon, Berlin.

In 1897, he allied a local secessionist bureau known as the “Vereinigung der XI” and the past year became a fanatic of the Berlin Secession. He was a good friend of the Realist painter, Hans Baluschek. In 2017, the Bröhan Museum presented a joint exhibition of their works.

From 1908 to 1918, he taught a class for teenager women at the Studienatelier für Malerei und Plastik, also known as the “Lewin-Funcke Schule”, after its founder, the sculptor Arthur Lewin-Funcke. Among his best-known students there were the textile designer Anni Albers and the painter Irma Stern. In 1906, he was one of the artists selected by the Stollwerck chocolate company to create new trading cards for concentration in their products. He produced designs for their Collector Scrapbooks numbers 9 and 10.

He was in addition to a fanatic of the Deutscher Künstlerbund and exhibited in imitation of them at the Große Berliner Kunstausstellung in 1914. His works have occasionally been compared to those of Max Beckmann.

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