Richard Paul Lohse

Museum Fridericianum

This retrospective of Richard Paul Lohse’s over-60-year body of work was in two parts, one showing the artist’s early and serial pieces, the other showing his modular works. The retrospective began with a colorful, quasi-expressionistic still life, Kaffeekanne (Coffee pot, ca. 1925), jumped to a more geometricized work, Vogelbild 2 (Bird picture 2, 1935), and really got going with the completely geometrical, diagonally oriented work of the mid ’40s. In these pieces, Lohse treats geometrical color units as autonomous themes, connected only as rhythmic series. Indeed, he transcends the materiality of the color modules through his sense of rhythm, although he claims his systems paintings have no transcendent, spiritual import. Here, Lohse shows that he is a master mechanic of color construction, with a certain flair for articulating the oblique relations between colors. His works are grids,

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