Herta Günther

(1934 - 2018)

Herta Günther observed people very closely. She often visited pubs and cafes. She drew from the everyday, depicted street and interior scenes. Usually a woman was the center of attention. One believes to know the sitter, feels connected to them, their looks nevertheless do not reveal everything, something mysterious surrounds them. Her pictorial worlds maintain distance without snubbing and entice with charm and mostly austere elegance. This polarity gives her works of art that unmistakable quality of expressing a distance of respect and self-respect with a light gesture. (E.W., H.D.)

Vita

1934
born in Dresden
1951 - 1956
studies at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts with Hans Theo Richter and Max Schwimmer
1957
freelance artist in Dresden
1960
merriage to Jürgen Günther, graphic designer
1966
first solo exhibition in Dresden
1976
first survey exhibition of the graphic work in the Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle
1984
catalog raisonné of prints 1960-1983
1985
more and more works in pastel chalk
1986
participation in the traveling exhibition "Dresden Today. Painting and Graphic Art after 1945" in Southern Germany and Switzerland
2018
dies in Dresden

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