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Distinctly Modern Prints on View at the Gibbes Museum of Art April 27 – July 22, 2007

Works Donated to Museum by Local Heirs of the Artist

(Charleston, SC) – A diverse array of prints by German Expressionist artist Otto Neumann (1895 – 1975) is featured at the Gibbes Museum of Art April 27 through July 22, 2007 in the exhibition Otto Neumann: Modern Expressions. On view in the Works on Paper Gallery, this group of approximately fifteen works traces the evolution of Neumann’s unique depictions of the human figure. From searing scenes illustrating Dante’s The Divine Comedy to delicately-layered, abstract monotype prints, Neumann’s work presents a distinctly modern artistic vision. This exhibition was selected from a group of 35 works on paper donated to the Gibbes by the Rothschild family, descendents of the artist with ties to the Charleston area.


The son of renowned Heidelberg scholar Fritz Neumann, Otto Neumann grew up surrounded by the German intelligentsia. Such luminaries as Max Weber and Ernst Troeltch were close to the Neumann family. After completing his formal schooling and serving one year in the army, Neumann studied with several noted German artists then returned to Heidelberg to begin his artistic career. Dedicated to the human form, Neumann’s oeuvre reflects a number of distinct, highly articulate styles and techniques. While his work exhibits numerous parallels to major trends in twentieth-century art, Neumann’s unique personal vision marks him as a radically independent artist.

The exhibition is sponsored by Ann Long Fine Art of Charleston, South Carolina.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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