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Axel Kasseböhmer, Walchensee, Nr. 79, 2011, oil on canvas, 13 x 19 3/4".

Axel Kasseböhmer

Sprüth Magers | Berlin

Axel Kasseböhmer, Walchensee, Nr. 79, 2011, oil on canvas, 13 x 19 3/4".

Does it make sense to look for the best painting in a show that presents seemingly endless variations on the same motif? Axel Kasseböhmer’s exhibition “100 x Walchensee” showcased a hundred small oil paintings of waterside and mountain scenery, each 13 x 19 3/4". Although there are differences in imagery, color, texture, and atmosphere among them, all were created around the Alpine lake where the German painter Lovis Corinth worked in the 1920s and produced an important body of landscape paintings. Corinth, who owned a house on the lake, painted in all seasons and during all times of day, and this must have inspired Kasseböhmer to take on a similar challenge. His ensemble was presented as an installation on two facing walls, each showing fifty paintings in a regular grid.

Quite a few of the paintings depict the actual lake with mountains in the background. Others present a road,

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