Ernst Wilhelm Nay  (German, 1902-1968) 

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay (German, June 11, 1902–April 8, 1968) was born in Berlin. In the 1920s, he studied with Karl Hofer (German, 1878–1955) at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he was influence by the paintings of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German, 1880–1938) and Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). Scholarships allowed Nay to pursue additional studies in Paris, Rome, and Norway. In 1937, after two of his works were shown in the exhibition of Degenerate art, he was no longer allowed to paint. In 1940, Nay was drafted into the German army. During his stay in France, a French sculptor gave him access to his atelier. With strict secrecy, Nay began to paint again. He gained great recognition through his first American solo exhibition in 1955 at Kleeman Gallery in New York. His works were represented at Biennale di Venezia in 1948 and 1956, and at documenta exhibition I (1955), II (1959), and III (1964) in Kassel. Nay died in Cologne on April 8, 1968.

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Tänzerinnen

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Tänzerinnen
1949

Auction: May 3, 2014
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Installationsansicht/ Installation View

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Installationsansicht/ Installation View
2013

Michael Werner Kunsthandel
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Installationsansicht/ Installation View

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Installationsansicht/ Installation View
2013

Michael Werner Kunsthandel
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Installationsansicht/ Installation View

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Installationsansicht/ Installation View
2013

Michael Werner Kunsthandel
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Spindeln in Grau

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Spindeln in Grau
1965

Michael Werner Kunsthandel
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Studie II zu 'Der Morgen'

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Studie II zu 'Der Morgen'
1965

Michael Werner Kunsthandel
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Ohne Titel

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ohne Titel
1961

Galerie Neher
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Gelb-Helioblau-Schwarz I / Yellow-Helioblue-Black I

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Gelb-Helioblau-Schwarz I / Yellow-Helioblue-Black I
1967

Galerie Thomas
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Blaufeuer

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Blaufeuer
1964

Michael Werner Kunsthandel
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Gelb-Zinnober

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Gelb-Zinnober, 1959
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Farbaquatinta (Nor) nach einer Aquarellvorlage 1962

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Farbaquatinta (Nor) nach einer Aquarellvorlage 1962, 1962
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Farbaquatinta (Nor) nach einer Aquarellvorlage 1962

 

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Farbaquatinta (Nor) nach einer Aquarellvorlage 1962, 1962
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1902   Born in Berlin
1922   Starts painting autodidactic
1925   Scholarship at the 'Berliner Hochschule für bildene Künste'
1925   Master scholar of Carl Hofer
1968   Died in Cologne
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2012 - 2013   Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Das polyphone Bild - Gouachen, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (solo)
2009   Späte Zeichnungen und Grau-Aquarelle, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin (solo)
2009   Works from the 1960s, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (solo)
2009   Works from the 1960s, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (solo)
2008   Action Painting, Beyeler Foundation, Riehen, Switzerland
2004 - 2005   Musée d´Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg
2004   Art Museum, Bonn
2004   Folkwang Museum, Essen
2002 - 2003   Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
1998   Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1966   Salon International des Galeries Pilotes, Lausanne, Switzerland
1964   Documenta III, Kassel
1959   Documenta II, Kassel
1956   Biennale Venice, Italy
1955   Kleemann Gallery, New York
1955   Biennale, Sao Paulo
1955   Documenta I, Kassel
1952   Kupferstichkabinett ETH Zürich
1950   Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
1948   Biennale Venice, Italy
1946   Galerie Gerd Rosen, Berlin, Germany
1937   Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany
1933   With Paul Cassir, Berlin
1932   Galery Flechtheim, Berlin
1931 - 1932   Villa Fiassimo Rome