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List of artworks by Fritz Harnest

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Fritz Harnest began his studies at the age of 16. From 1921 to 1929 he studied painting in the Fine Arts Academy of Munich as a Carl Johann Becker Gundahl, Ludwig von Herterich and Karl Caspar’s student. In 1930 and 1931 he did study trips to France, Normandy and Paris with his friend, the painter Otto Baumann.

At the beginning of the taking of the Nazi power, he stopped painting. In 1934 he travelled to Berlin where he met up with Emil Nolde, who encouraged him to resume his work. That was followed by a conserved correspondence with Nolde. Fritz Harnest had his first solo exhibition with chalk drawings in Berlin in 1934. From that moment, he lived alternately in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich.

In 1935 Fritz got married with Mutz Ellermann. He worked as an illustrator for many years in order to maintain his family. During this period, he carried out landscapes and portraits. In 1937 the couple moved abroad, where their son Jose was born, a year after the birth of their son Ulf.

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Fritz Harnest began his studies at the age of 16. From 1921 to 1929 he studied painting in the Fine Arts Academy of Munich as a Carl Johann Becker Gundahl, Ludwig von Herterich and Karl Caspar’s student. In 1930 and 1931 he did study trips to France, Normandy and Paris with his friend, the painter Otto Baumann.


At the beginning of the taking of the Nazi power, he stopped painting. In 1934 he travelled to Berlin where he met up with Emil Nolde, who encouraged him to resume his work. That was followed by a conserved correspondence with Nolde. Fritz Harnest had his first solo exhibition with chalk drawings in Berlin in 1934. From that moment, he lived alternately in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich.


In 1935 Fritz got married with Mutz Ellermann. He worked as an illustrator for many years in order to maintain his family. During this period, he carried out landscapes and portraits. In 1937 the couple moved abroad, where their son Jose was born, a year after the birth of their son Ulf.


From 1940 to 1945 he worked as an interpreter in Moosburg. In 1946 he participated in the first contemporary art exhibition of the postwar period: Bayerische (Bavarian Art) in Munich and part of Basel.


Harnest started to dedicate himself to the graphic work with abstract engravings in wood. In 1952 the “wood engravings about the Bible” appeared. His paintings were exhibited during this period in Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Austria, everywhere in Germany and Ohio.


In 1959 he participated in the graphical work department of Documenta 2 at Kassel. In this same year, he was also introduced by Werpner Gilles as a member of the New Group of Munich. In the Eighties, he collaborated in ceramics with Klaus Steindlmüller.


1961: 2nd Prize in the IIª International Triennial Grenchen, Switzerland.


1964: Painting Prize of the city of Munich.


1988: Kunstverein Rosenheim Prize in the annual exhibition.


1996: Federal Cross of the Artistic Merit.


1997: Culture Prize of the city of Rosenheim.

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